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CITY GOV E B N M E X T 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Organization of the City Government, 

JAM 'A m' 3, 1870. 



The members i f the Citrj G vernment for 1870 
met in the City Hal] this m< ning, at 10 o'clock, 
for the organization of the Government for the 
« hi cut municipal year. 

i i i.-n of Ai.;>i i;:.n . 

The Board of Alderm< n waa called to order a 
few minutes past 10 o'clock by Robert Cowdin of 
Ward Ten, senior mi mber elect'. 

A message wa received : . in the Common Coun- 
cil informing the Board that a quorum of members 
wore presem ready to he qualified. 

The Board went into convention with the Com- 
mon Council lor the qualification of members. 
el., i"..- ( >i .it.. 

The Council was c lied to order at twelve min- 
utes past in o'clock, by Samuel Talbot, Jr., of Ward 
Four, senior member, a member in 1857 from Ward 
Three. 

CREDl h' i OF .1 SEES. 

On motion of Mr. Wilkins of Ward Nine. 

Messrs. \\ Ukins of \\ ; rd Nine, squires of Ws <l 
Bight ami *,!'; ,\ of \\ ard Twelve were appointed a 
committee to rec< ive the credenti lis of members. 

The committee reported that they had received 
the credentials of. sixty members. 

On motion of Mr, Bishop of Ward Seven, Mr. 
Bishop was appointed a committee to inform the 
Mayor and Aldermen that a quorum of members 
of the Count !l were present, ready to be qualified. 
Mr. Bishop soon reported that the Mayor and Al- 
dermen would immediately meet the Council in 
convention lor the purpose of qualifying members. 

IN CONVENXIO r. 

The Mayor and Aldermen came in for a conven- 
tion for tiie qualification of members. 

Prayer w 3 offered 1 \ Rev. \\ m. II. II. Murray. 

The oaths of office were administered to lion. 
Nath iiiiel B. Shurtleff, Mayor-elect, by Hon. Hor- 
ace Gray, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

I he oaths of office were then administered by the 
Mayor to the members of each Lranch of the 'City 
Council. 

The Mayor then delivered his Inaugural Address, 
which will e found elsewhere. 

in commo:t council. 

The Mayor concluded the reading of his addres 
a few minutes before 12 o'clock. 

The business of the convention being concluded, 
the Mayor anil Aldermen withdrew. 

ELECT - IF PRESIDENT. 

on motion of Mr. Gray of Ward Twelve, it was 
voted to proeeed to the election of President of the 
Common Council. Messrs. Noyes of Ward Five, 
Cray of Waul Twelve and Temple of Ward Six- 
icen were a | cioin teil a committee to receive, sort 
and count the votes for President. The com- 
mittee reported the v. hole number of votes to 
i,e uii, 58 of which were for Melville B. Ingalls. ami 
one each fo ■ M. I-'. Wells and Franklin Williams. 

The President-elect was conducted to the chair 
by Messrs. Hall of Ward One and Wilkins of Ward 
Nine, and addressed the Council briefly, as fol- 
lows : 

Gentlemen <;/' thr Council: I thank you for the 
honor you have done me in electing me with such 
unanimity to preside over this body for the com- 
ing' year, 

[accept the office free from any promises or 
pledges. [ shall try to administer its duties hon- 
estly and impartially and in sucha manner as to 
cause you no regret for your choice. 

.Many of you have been here before, and know 
well the duties you will lie called upon to perform. 
I pon you rests the responsibility of leadership. 
Tno examples of the pasl u hich are wise ami right 
you will follow. Those which are wrong you will 
ehun. 



Those of you who are here for the first time will 
I doubt not, cheerfully :.i<! and co-open te in all 
pro »er measures. 

I p ui all of us devolves the responsi- 

bilitj of so coi ducting ourselves as to bring no dis- 
repute upoi our -'.nice, which is an honorabli 
iiii pn tatives of a great and noble city like 
Boat m. . Dd of je.,! ,u. Ij guarding her honor "t.s we 
would our own. 

ELECTION OF CLERK. 

On notion of Mr. Bishop of Ward Seven, it was 
voted to proceed to the election of Clerk of the 
Common Council. 

.Messrs. Bishop of Ward Seven. Going of Ward 
Three, and Frost of Ward Nine, were appointed a 
committee to receive, o ; and count the votes for 
< lerk. The committee reported the whole number 
of votes to be 59, all of which were for Washington 
P. Gregg. 

The oaths of office were administered to the Clerk 
by the City Solicitor. 

On motion of Mr. Poor of Ward Eleven, Mr. Poor 
wa . appointed a committee to inform the Board of 
Aldermen of the organization of the Council. 

A message iv;r. received from the Board of Al- 
dermen informing the Council of the organization 
of that branch. 

The Council concurred in the proposition for a 
Convention for the election of City Clerk. 
ELECTION OF CITY CLERK. 

The Mayor and Aldermen came in for a Conven- 
tion for the election of City Clerk. 

Alderman Cowdin anil Messrs. Temple of Ward 
Sixteen and Ryan of Ward Thirteen vrere appoint- 
ed a committee to receive, sort and count the votes 
for City Clerk. Ths committee reported the whole 
number of votes to be GO, 04 of which were for 
Samuel F. McCleary. and one each for John K. 
Crowley and Thomas Dinsmorc. 

The Convention then dissolved. 

RULES AHD ORDEItS. 

On motion of Mr. Gay of Ward Ten, 

ordered, That the Rules and Orders of the Com- 
mon Council of 1869, be adopted as the rules and 
orders of the Common Council until otherwise pro- 
vided. 

On motion of Mr. Hall of Ward One, 

Ordered, That the joint rules and orders of the 
City Council be adopted as the joint rules and 
orders until otherwise ordered. 

On motion of Mr. Tucker of Ward Six, 

Ordered, That a committee of three be appointed 
to prepare Ruies and Orders of the Common Coun- 
cil. 

On motion also of Mr, Tucker, 

Ordered, That a committee of three on the part 
of the Common Council be appointed, with such as 
the Board of Aldermen may join, to prepare joint 
rules ami orders. 

Messrs. Tucker of Ward Six, Wilkins of Ward 
Nine and Ryan of Ward Thirteen were appointed 
on each of the above committee . 

ORDKirs PASSED. 

on motion of Mr. Learnard of Ward Eleven. 

Ordered. That the Clerk of the Council be au- 
thorized to prepare and cause to he printed a tn n- 
scrip'c of the journal of the Council for the current 
municipal year. 

On motion of Mr. Wells of Ward Three, 
Ordered, That the Municipal Register he forth- 
with printed under the direction of the Joint Com- 
mittee on Rules and Orders, who may employ such 
assistance as may he deemed desirable. 
on motion of Mr. Emerson of Ward six, 
Ordered, That Thursday evening eight o'clock 
be assigned for the choice of Committee on Ac- 
counts. 

Messrs. Emerson of Ward Sir, Gray of Ward 
Twelve and Brown of Ward Two were appointed a 
committee to nominate candidates for such com- 
mittee. 
On motion of Mr. Flanders of 'Ward Five, 
ordered. That Thursday evening next, s'^ 
o'clock, be assigned for choice of Committee on 
Finance on the part of the Council. 

Messrs. Flanders of Ward Five. Hall of Ward 
one, and Poor of Ward Eleven, were appointed the 
Committee to select candidates for that Commit- 
tee. 
On motion of Mr. Gray of Ward Twelve, 
Ordered, That His Honor, the Mayor, be re- 
quested to furnish a copy of bis address, thai I h 
• may be printed. 



JANUARY 



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On motion of Mr. Bicknell o." Ward Four, 
Ordered, That Thursday evening, Ty z o'clock, lie 
the day and hour for the meetings of the Council, 
until otherwise ordered. 

Qmiwlltteem Elections. The President appointed 
as the Committee on Elections Messrs. Poor oi 
Ward Eleven, Kingsbury of Ward Fifteen, Tem- 
ple of Ward Sixteen, Bonner of Ward Two, and 
Niles of Ward Six. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

George A. Paine and others, that the votes of 
Messrs. Bishop and O'Brien of Ward Seven may he 
recounted. 

P. F. McGarigle, contesting the seat of M. F. Wells 
of Ward Three. 

Horatio G. .Morse and others, for a recount of 
the votes of Ward Thirteen. 

Severally referred to the Committee en Elec- 
tions. 

TAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

Messrs. Wilkins of Ward Nine, Tucker of Ward 
.six and Mullane of Ward Thirteen, were joined to 
the Committee on the Church Street District. 

The order requesting the City Solicitor to appear 
before the Harbor Commissioners relative to the 
matter of displaci ment of tide water, by the build- 
ing of Atlantic avenue was passed in concurrence. 

The Council proceeded to the selection of seats 
of members. 

Adjourned to Thursday evening at ~H o'clock. 

Ill BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The Aldermen having returned to their room, the 
first business was the choice of a chairman of the 
Board. Newton Talbot was chosen, receiving 11 
votes, all that were cast. He acknowledged the 
compliment as follows: 
<;, ntlemen of the Board of Aldermen: 

Accept my thanks for the honor of election as 
your chairman. It is customary for the Mayor to 
preside at the formal meetings of the Board of Al 
dermen; and it is my desire, and 1 have no doubt 
it is the desire of all the members, that he should 
continue to occupy this position, and exercise all 
the powers of the presiding officer. Had this office, 
to which you have elected me, carried with it a 
larger authority, had it covered more than the per- 
formance of a merely formal duty in certifying to 
the action of the Board upon the various matters 
presented, I should have hesitated before accept- 
ing it. 

Gentlemen, we have been called to the discharge 
of great and responsible duties. Under the act of 
incorporation and other statutes of the Common- 
wealth, the care of the most important of our mu- 
nicipal interests, and the expenditure of a large 
portion of the money appropriated for municipal 
purposes, devolve upon this Board. The settle- 
ment of all damages caused by the widening and 
extension, or the change of grade of streets, and 
the assessments for betterment ; the control of the 
appropriations for paving, fire department, police, 
bridges, sewers, lamps! common, health, ceme- 
teries, markets, and other important matters are 
in our hands. We are also charged with the 
care and custody of County Buildings, and also of 
the expenditures for county purposes. In the ex- 
ercise of some of these powers the Board is abso- 
lute — not even requiring the approval of the Mayor 
to make them binding upon the city. In addition 
to these exclusive powers as County Commission- 
ers, Surveyors of Highways and as a Board of 
Health, there are others of equal importance ex- 
ercised in concurrence with the Common Council; 
such as providing the means to defray the annual 
expenses, by taxation or otherwise, and disbursing 
large sums for schoolhouses and other public build- 
ings for public baths, printing, the payment of 
claims and the care of the public lands. 

If we discharge these duties faithfully and con- 
scientiously as we should desire others to execute 
a trust for us, we shall have large calls upon our 



time, many severe trials of our patience, and many 
misgivings as to cur own judgment. 

i et us not target that Boston is the metropolis oi 
New England ; that she is the second city in com- 
mercial importance i the l nited States ; and that, 
if we desire to have he.- retain those positions, we 
must wisely and in a spirit of liberality meet aij 
the demands that are made upon us as a munici- 
pality, in furnishing every possible facility to our 
increasing trade ana commerce. 

on motion of Alderman Brainan, the Clerk was 
directed to inform the Common Council that tne 
Board had organized by the choice of Newton lal- 
bot, chairman. ,, 

A message was received fromthe Common » oun- 
cil notifying the Board that the < ouncil had been 
organized v the choice of Melville E. IngaUS as 
President, and Washii gton I'. Gregg as Clerk. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, a message was 
sent to the Council propos ing a convention oi The 
two branches, immediately, for the choice ol a 
Citv Clerk. The Board Then proceeded to ttti 
Council Chamber. On their return, an order was 
passed in concurrence -.. ith the Council, that tne 
rules and orders of the last City Council be m 
force until otherwise ordered. 

Aldermen Braman, Connor and Carpenter were 
chosen a Committee on Account;:, having received 
twelve votes each. 

Alderman Sifoson and Jenkins were joined to the 
Committee to prepare joint rules for the govern- 
ment of the City Council during The present muni- 
cipal year. 

On motion of Alderman Jacobs, 

Ordered, That the members of the Board of Al- 
dermen, ai it one mem: er of the Common Council 
from each Ward, be a Committee to determine and 
pay the allowances of State aid to the families of 
"disabled soldiers and sailors, and the families ol 
the slain," pursuant to the acts of the Legislature 
of this Commonwealth; and that the said Com- 
mittee have power to employ a paymaster and 
such clerical assistants as may be required for the 
purpose; and that the expense thereof be charged 
to the appropriation for Soldier's Belief. 

On motion of Alderman Cow-din: 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Board 
of Aldermen of 1869 be adopted as the rules of the 
Board until otherwise ordered, and that Aldermen 
Cowdin, Pierce and Connor be a committee to ex- 
amine and report if any alterations are required 
therein. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting of 
two on the part of the Board, with such as the 
Common Council may join, be appointed and au- 
thorized to exercise all the powers in reference to 
the Church Street district conferred by the City 
Council of 1868 and 18G9, upon the committees in 
said district. 

Aldermen Talbot and Connor were appointed on 
the committee. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That the City Solicitor be requested to 
appear before the Board of Harbor Commissioners 
ou Wednesday the 12th day of January, to protect 
the interests of the city in* the matter of requiring 
compensation for tide water displaced by the build- 
ing of the Atlantic avenue. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes. 

Ordered, That Mondays, 4 P.M., be assigned as 
the day and hour for holding the regular weekly 
meeting of this Board, until otherwise ordered. 

A petition was presented from Geo. II. Monroe, 
Giles H. Rich and others, for a recount of the votes 
cast for Robert Cowdin and Charles Richardson. 

After a brief discussion, in which Alderman 
Cowdin, Pratt and Talbot participated, the matter 
was referred to a Committee consisting of Alder- 
men Brainan, Connor and Carpenter, to obtain the 
opinion of The City Solicitor as to whether the 
petition could be entertained at the late date in 
which it had been presented, as the law limits 
the time at which recounts could be made. 

Adjourned until Monday afternoon, at 4 o'clock. 



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COMMON C O U N C 1 J, 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceed iii«s of the Commoii Council, 
JANUARY (», 18TO. 



The first regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council for the preseni year was held this evening, 
at 7'.. o'clock, .Melville E. Ingalls, President, in the 
( hair. 

AIM R FROM THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

Committee on State Aid. Messrs. Barnes of Ward 
1; Doherty, 2; Donnelly, ;',; Hull, 4; Quinn, 5; 
Barnard, 6: Giblin, T; Vannevar, 8; Frost, 9; 
Smith, 10: Roberts, 11; .Meads, 12; Ryan, 13: Seav- 
ei ns. 14; Bickford, 15, and Burt, 16. were joined to 
the Committee o the Board of Aldermen, on State 
Aid to the families of disabled soldiers and sailors, 
and the families of the slain. 

COITTESTED ELECTIONS. 

Sir. Poor of Ward Eleven, from the Committeeon 
Elections, on the petition oi 1*. F. McGaragJ.e, con- 
testing the electicn of 31. F. Wells from Ward 
I hue, made a report in which they state that the 
vote appeared to be as follows: M. F. Wells, 501; 
P. F. McGaragle, 402; P. F. McGaragle 1. It there- 
fore appeared that Mr. Wells was duly elected. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr. Poor, from the same committee, on the pe- 
tition of George A. Paine and others, for a recount 
of the votes in Ward .Seven, for Messrs. Bishop 
and O'Brien, reported the vote as follows: 

John O'Brien 44G 

John 11. Giblin 505 

1 '. O'Connor 557 

Robert Bishop 470 

J. II. Magner 250 

J.J. Flynn 315 

Thos. Etaney 234 

E. W. Barry 257 

A. F. Cole 376 

W. B. Lucas 404 

John White 321 

H. C. Lougee 302 

S. A. Stackpole 4 

.T . K . Crowley 3 

Scattering 13 

It appeared, therefore, that Patrick O'Connor, 
John H. Giblin. Robert Bishop and John O'Brien, 
who now occupy seats in the Common Council, 
were duly elected. Accepted. 

Mr. Poor, from the same committee, on the peti- 
tion of H. <i. Morse and others, for a recount of 
the votes in Ward 'lhirteen, for the Common Coun- 
cil, reported the result as follows: 

Joseph T. Ryan 408 

Franklin Williams 417 

Thomas Dolan 410 

William Morse 306 

J. M. Mullane 322 

(jeorge C. Pearson 287 

A. L. Litchfield 304 

Jarvis W. Dean 277 

Scattering 72 

There were also 1!) votes for J. Mullane, and the 

name with other initials, which, if counted for J. 

M. Mullane, will leave him 19 short of an election. 

By this vote it appeared that, William Morse was 

entitled to the seat held hv Mr. Mullane, and an 

order was adopted to that effect. 

RULES \'::ii OBDEK8. 
Mr. Tucker of Ward Six, from the Committee to 
Prepare Joint Rules and Orders for the Govern- 
ment of the City Council during the present mu- 
nicipal year, made a report recommending the 
adoption of the .joint rules and orders of the last 
City Council, with certain amendments. As va- 
rious matters affecting the city interests are con- 
stantly before the Legislature, it has been deemed 
expedient to provide for the appointment of a 
Standing Committee to represent the city before 
committees of the General Court on all questions 
in which the Government is interested. 



The Committee recommend the appointment of 
a Joint Standing Committee on the East Boston 
Ferries, and the striking out of a paragraph relat- 
ing to the Committee on Claims, which is super- 
fluous. 

The report was accepted, and the rales and or- 
ders of last year were adopted, with the addition 

of a Committee on Ea t Boston Ferries, to consist 
of three Aldermen and five members of the Com- 
mon Council, and a Committee on Legislative 
Matters, to consist of two Aldermen and three 
members of the Common Council, who shall, un- 
less otherwise ordered, be authorized to appear 
before Committees of the General Court and de- 
fend the city's interest. An amendment was : lso 
adopted to Strike from page 41 of the -Municipal 
Register all after the word Council in the second 
line. 

Mr. Tucker, Loin the Committee on Rules and 
Orders, made a report with an order as follows: 

Ordered. That the rules and orders of the last 
Common Council be adopted as the rules and or- 
ders of the present Common Council, with the fol- 
lowing amendment, namely: 

Strike out ection 19, and insert in place thereof 
the following : 

Section 19. When a vote has been passed, it shall 
be in order for any member who voted in the ma- 
jority to move a reconsideration thereof at the 
same meeting. Or he may give notice to the Clerk 
within twenty-four hours of the adjournment, of 
his intention to move a reconsideration at the next 
meeting, in which case the Clerk shall retain pos- 
session of the papers until the next meeting, and 
when a motion for reconsideration is decided, that 
vote shall not be reconsidered. 

Also strike out the word "Ferries" in the third 
line of section thirty-nine. 

The rules and orders were adopted, as amended. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward Six, from the committee 
appointed to nominate candidates for the Commit- 
tee on Accounts, on the part of the Common Coun- 
cil, made a report recommending the following 
named persons : 

Wm. M. Flanders, Frederick A. Wilkins, Stephen 
R. Niles, Wm. E. Bicknell, and Franklin Williams. 

The report was accepted. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward Five, from the special com- 
mittee to nominate candidates for a Committee on 
Finance, made a report, as follows: 

Melville E. Ingalls, John O. Poor, William Pope, 
Charles B. Perkins, Edmund B. Vannevar, Herman 
D. Bradt and John S. Moulton. 

The report was accepted. 

COMMITTEE TO NOMINATE PUBLIC OFFICERS. 

Committees were appointed as follows, to be 
joined by the Board of Aldermen, for the nomina- 
tion of candidates for the offices named: 

To nominate Trustees of the Public Library — 
Wilkins of Ward Nine; Perkins of Ward Four; 
Bishop of Ward Seven. 

To nominate a Water Board — Learnaxd of Ward 
Eleven; Williams of Ward Thirteen; Bicknell of 
Ward Four. 

To nominate a City Physician— Noyes of Ward 
Five; Talbot of Ward'Four; Poor of Ward Eleven. 

To nominate a Chief and Assistant Engineers 
of the Fire Department— Ward One, Woolley ; Two, 
Taylor; Three, Wells; Four, Hull; Five, Flanders; 
Six, Tucker; Seven, O'Connor; Eight, Vannevar; 
Nine, Frost; Ten, Rowe; Eleven, Patch; Twelve, 
Gray; Thirteen Ryan; Fourteen, Parker; Fifteen, 
Kingsbury ; Sixteen, Sayward. 

To nominate a Harbor Master— Winch of Ward 
Ten; Brown of Ward Two; Gray of Ward Twelve. 

To nominate Directors of Public Institutions — 
Hall of Ward One; Learnard of Ward Eleven; 
Woods of Ward Twelve. 

To nominate Superintendent of Internal Health 
—Wilkins of Ward Nine; Niles of Ward Six; Bon- 
ner of Ward Two. 

To nominate Superintendents of Bridges— Gray 
of Ward Twelve ; Kingsbury of Ward Fifteen ; Hail 
of Ward One. 

To nominate Trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery 
—Gay of Ward Ten; Learnard of Ward Eleven"; 
Giblin of Ward Seven. 

To nominate Trustees of City Hospital— Poor of 
Ward Eleven; Temple of Ward Sixteen; Dohertv 
of Ward Two. 

To Nominate Ballastlnspectors— O'Brien of Ward 
Seven, Talbot of Ward Four, Pond of Ward Three, 



JANUARY 



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Mayor's Address— Messrs. Talbot of Ward Four, 
Barnard of Ward Six, and Dolan of Ward Thir- 
teen, with such as the Board of Aldermen may 
.join, were appointed a committee to consider and 
report what disposition should be made of the 
vatic rs topics embraced in the Mayor's Inaugural 
Address. 

QUALIFICATION OF MEMBERS. 

Daniel A. Patch of Ward Eleven, John O'Brien 
of Ward Seven, and Wm. Morse of Waid Thirteen 
were conducted to the Mayor to be qualified, and 
took their seats. 

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS. 

The election of Committee on Accounts was tak- 
en up, resulting as follows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 32 

William M. Flanders 41 

Frederick A. Wilkins 53 

Stephen It. Mies 40 

William E. Bicknell 37 

Franklin Williams 56 

Samuel Talbot, Jr 34 

George E. Learnard 28 

Calvin M. Winch 21 

Messrs. Flanders, Wilkins, Miles, Bicknell and 
Williams were declared to be elected. 

The election of Committee on Finance resulted 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a choice 30 

Melville E. Ingalls 58 

John U. l'oor 57 

William Pope 58 

Charles B. Perkins 56 

Edmund B. Vannevar 55 

Herman D. Bradt 58 

John S. Moulton 58 

Scattering 4 

All of the above named were declared to he 
elected. 

SUFFOLK STREET DISTRICT. 

On motion of Mr. Squires of Ward Eight, 
Ordered, That a special committee consisting of 
three on the part of the Common Council, with 
such as the Board of Aldermen may join, be ap- 
pointed to consider and report upon* the expedien- 



cy of abating the nuisance caused by impaired 
drainage in the Suffolk Street District, so called, 
by exercising tfie power conferred upon the City 
Government by chapter 277 of the acts of the year 
1868. 

Messrs. Squires of Ward Eight, Emerson of Ward 
Six and Bishop of Ward seven were appointed the 
committee. 

CHURCH STREET DISTRICT. 

On motion of Mr. Wilkins of Ward Nine, 
Ordered, That his Honor the Mayor be author- 
ized to appoint one suitable person as Commis- 
sioner on the Church Street District, who shall 
have and exercise all the powers conferred upon 
the Commissioners on said District, by orders of the 
City Council passed May 22, 1868, Nov. 24, 1868, and 
February 24, 1869. The person so appointed may 
be removed at any time by the Mayor, and he shall 
receive such compensation for his services as the 
Joint Special Committee on the Church Street Dis- 
trict may determine. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Nathan H. Daniels, contesting the seat of Wm. 
E. Bicknell of Ward Four. 

George L. Kendall and others, for a recount of 
all the votes for members of the Common Council 
for Ward Five. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Elec- 
tions. 

FUNERAL OF THE LATE GEORGE PEABODY. 

A communication was received from the Mayor, 
transmitting an invitation from the Trustees of 
the Peabody Institute, in Peabody, that the city 
may be represented in attendance upon the funeral 
of the late George Peabody, the time to be desig- 
nated seasonably in the papers. 

On motion of Mr. Poor of Ward Eleven, an order 
was adopted accepting the invitation, and provid- 
ing for the appointment of three members of the 
Common Council with such as the Board of Alder- 
men may join, to attend the funeral. Messrs Poor 
of Ward Eleven, Flanders of Ward Five, and 
Woods of Ward Twelve, were appointed the com- 
mittee. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward Five was appointed on the 
Committee on the Church Street District, in place 
of Mr. Mullane. 

Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON, 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 10, 1870. 



The first regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen, for the present year, was held this af- 
ter noc. . at 4 o'clock, Mayor Shurtleff in the chair. 

RULES LND I BDEKS. 

Alderman Cowdln, from the Committee or Rules 
and Orders, made a report that no change Is re- 
quired in the Rules and Orders already adopted by 
the Board. Accepted. 

The Joint Rules ami orders from the Common 
Council, were taken up and adopted, as amended, 
in concurrence. 

AFP rNTMENTS MADE AMI CONFIRMED. 

Constahle— John Robie. 

Special Police Officers, without pay— Daniel S. 
Gammon, al Morgan Chapel; Aimer K.Tewksbury, 
at Cunard steamship wharf. 

Ihe Mayor announced the Standing Committees, 

as follows: , . ,, , 

Standivri Committees of the Board of Aldermen. 

Armories' and Military Affairs— Cowdin, Hawes 

and Carpenter. 
Assessors' Department — Connor, Talbot and 

Pope. 

Urido-cs— Hawes, Gibson and Cowdin. 

Ccuntv Accounts— Pratt, Pope and Talbot. 

Cemeteries— Jacobs, Pratt and Carpenter. 

Common and Public Squares— Pierce, Connor 
and Jacobs. _,. 

Faneml Hall— Jenkins, Carpenter and Gibson. 

Ferries— Gibson, Talbot and Pratt. 

Fire Department— Hawes. (iibson and Cowdin. 

Health— Braman, Pierce and Jacobs. 

Jail— Jenkins, Jacobs and Pope. 

Lamps, Bells and Clocks— Pratt, Gibson and 

Pierce. 

Licenses— Carpenter, Jacobs and Braman. 

Market, Weights and Measures— Gibson, Tratt 
and Hawes. 

Paving— Carpenter, Pierce and Cowdin. 

Police— Gibson, Jenkins and Tope. 

Sewers— Pope, Jenkins and Pierce. 

Steam Engines— Cowdin, Pope and Jenkins. 

Streets— Talbot; Connor and Braman. 

Joint Standing Committees. Assessors' Depar t 
ment— Connor. Talbot and Pope. 

Bathing— Braman, Pratt and Jacobs. 

Claims— Talbot, Jacobs and Pierce. 

Engineer's Department— Hawes and Pratt. 

Past Boston Ferries— Gibson, Talbot and Pratt. 

Fire Alarm— Pratt and Braman. 

Fuel— Gil son and Pratt. 

Harbor— Pierce and Gibson. 

City Hospital— Jerkins and Talhot. 

Institutions at South Boston and Deer Island- 
Jenkins, (iibson and Carpenter. 

Legislative Committee — Pierce and Talbot., 

Ordinance? — Jacobs, Talbot and Pierce. 

Overseers of Poor — Braman and Jenkins. 

Public Instruction— Connor, Pratt and Pierce. 

Public Building:.— Jenkins, Carpenter and Gib- 
son. 

Public Lands— Pope, Connor and Hawes. 

Printing— Talbot and Fierce. 

Public Library— Jacobs, Talbot and Carpenter. 

Surveyors' Department — Talbot and Carpenter. 

Treasury Department— Cowdin and Braman. 

Water— Hawes, Fierce and Pope. 

Committees Joined. Cowdin and Hawes, on nom- 
ination of Suj erlntendent of Bridges. 

Hawes and Jacobs, on nomination of Trustees of 
Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Connor and Jenkins, on nomination of Trustees 
for City Hospital. 

Pierce and Jacobs, on Mayor's Address. 

Pope and Cowdin, on nomination of Ballast In- 
spectors. 

Talbot and Jacobs, on nomination of Trustees of 
Public Library. 

Jenkins and Jacobs, on nomination of City Phy- 
sician. 

Braman and Pope, on nomination of Superin- 
tendent Of Health. 

Gibsou and Carpenter, on nomination of Water 
Board. 



The whole Board, on nomination of Engineers of 
Fire Department. 

Pierce and (iibson, on nomination of Directors 
for Public Institutions. 

Talbot and (iibson, on Funeral of George Pea- 
body. 

Hawes and Pratt, on nomination of City Engi- 
neer, to be joined. 

The Committee on the subject of the Suffolk 
Street District was taken up, when, on motion of 
Alderman Talbot, the number of C'ouncilmen to 
constitute the Committee was increased to five. 
Aldermen Talbot, Connor and Pope were joined to 
the Committee, and all of the papers on this sub- 
ject, from the files of last year, were referred to the 
Committee. 

The order for appointment of a Superintendent 
of the Church Street District was passed in con- 
currence. 

The order requesting a copy of the Mayor's Ad- 
dress, for publication, was passed in concurrence. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

A. Hyerson and others, for the widening of Wash- 
ington street at the corner of Ball street. 

S. S. Rowe and others, that Madison street, be- 
tween Washington street and Shawmut avenue, be 
laid out as a public highway. 

Aldeu L. Drake, for apportionment of Federal 
street betterments. 

Harvey Scudder and others, that Quincy street 
be accepted and extended from Columbia street to 
Bellevue street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Wm. Bradford, for leave to exhibit the Arctic 
Stereopticon at the Tremont Temple. Referred to 
the Committee on Licenses. 

Martin W. Tewksbury, for election as Harbor 
Master. Referred to Committee on the nomination 
of Harbor Master. 

James Walsh and others, for a grade of the 
street next to Providence Railroad and between 
SJewton and Dartmouth streets. 

McDonald Lawton, that a portion of Yarmouth 
street be graded. 

James Lakeman and others, that crosswalks be 
placed on Blackstone street from Creek square to 
the market. 

J. Austin Rogers, for leave to move a wooden 
building from Washington street to Norfolk street. 

Proprietors of India and other wharves, that the 
work on Atlantic avenue be stopped until a proper 
retaining wall be built, &c. 

Joseph T. Ryan, for leave to move a building on 
Yeoman street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving; 
those of Lakeman, Rogers and Byan with iuu 
powers. 

Boston & Lynn Union Railroad Co., that their 
act of incorporation maybe accepted. Referred to 
a Joint Special Committee, consisting of Aldeimen 
Carpenter and Cowdin on the part cf this Board. 

M. J. Flatley and others, that the public lamp be 
replaced on Newman Block. Refened to the Com- 
mittee on Larnps. 

Mary A. Gowan, for leave to transfer lease of 
stall Mo. 87 Faneuil Hall Market and portion of 
cellar lti to other parties. Referred to Committee 
on the Market. 

SEAT CONTESTED. 

A petition was presented from Charles Richard- 
son, contesting the seat of Robert Cowdin. Re- 
ferred to Aldermen Braman, Connor and Carpen- 
ter. 

THE FRANKLIN FUND. 

A petition was presented from Josiah Quincy, 
for a change in the securities required for loans 
from the fund bequeathed by Dr. Benjamin Frank- 
lin for the benefit of young mechanic's. Owing to 
the inability of making the loans on the terms re- 
quired, it is proposed by the petitioner that loans 
be made to young married artificers, who may be 
able to give a reasonable security by the mortgage 
of a moderate residence in the city or its vicinity, 
the rest of the principal of the loan being payable 
as provided by the testator in ten equal annual 
payments, with interest. It is further suggested 
that the management of the fund be selected from 
among the members of the Massachusetts Charita- 
ble Mechanic Association. Referred to a Special 
Committee consisting of Aldermen Pierce, Jacobs 
and Pope. 



JANUARY 10, 1870 



UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE. 

A communication was received from the Assist- 
ant Superintendent of the Boston & Albany Kail- 
road in relation to unclaimed baggage, on which 
the following order was passed, on motion of Al- 
derman Jacoos : 

Ordered. That the communication from the As- 
sistant Superintendent of the Boston & Albany 
Railroad Co. respecting a quantity of unclaimed 
1 aggage now remaining at their station in tliis 
city be referred to the Committee en Police, with 
authority to cause such baggage to Le examined, as 
provided by law. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

John Bobbins, 75 Trenton street; Ephraim D. 
Emerson. 138 1 street; S. Y. Chase, 142 London 
street; (has. Woodberry ,£ Son. 87 to 9:; Kilby 
Street: J. J. Cuinlan. 195 to 205 Broadway; E. 
Harrington, rear 101 Kutaw street; James l>ock, 
Circuit street, near Shawmut avenue; M'. s. Dix, 
corner of Tremont and Dover street; Froud Ferdi- 
nand, 1872 and 1874 Washington street; Hugh 
Sweeney, Havre street; Kenney, ('aider & Co., 95 
Border street, also at 67 Saratoga street; J. & W. 
R. Cavanagh, extension of Eighth street; Lnion 
Boat Club, loot of Chestnut street; Donald Ken- 
nedy, Warren, corner of Cliff street; P. Welsh, 
Tremont street, near Bumstead lane. Severally 
referred to the Committee on Streets. 

auditor's monthly exhibit. 
The monthly exhibit of the Auditor was present- 
ed in print, it being an exhibit of the general and 
special appropriations for the present financial 
vear of 1869-70. as shown in the books in his office, 
January 1, 1870, including the January draft, being 
nine months' payments of the financial year, exhib- 
iting the original appropriations, the amount ex- 
pended, and the balance of each unexpended at 
that date. A recapitulation gives the following 
result: 



Appropriations, 
Revennes, etc. 
General... #8,726,198 03 
Special... 7,350,675 45 



Expended. 

§6,194,807 34 

3,638,760 18 



$16,076,873 48 #9,833,567 52 
Bead and ordered to be sent down. 

ANNUAL RETORTS. 



Unexpended. 

§2,531,390 69 

3,711,915 27 

$6,243,305 96 



Annual reports were made for the several de- 
partments as follows: 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC LANDS. 

The sales of lands belonging to the city during 
the year amounted to sixty-six lots, containing 
376,372 11-100 feet, for the sum of §464,153 77. The 
prices ranged from fifty cents for lots on Broad- 
way, Fourth street and on Hampshire street, to 
S3 90% on Newbury and Berkeley streets. The 
receipts in cash on the above amounted to §47,- 
057 77, which was paid into the city Treasury, and 
there was received in bonds, payable in nine an- 
nual instalments, with interest, the amount of 
§417,096. There was also received and paid into the 
Treasury on account of laying out Bristol street, 
for rents, extending the time for building, &c, 
§2643 58. The total amount of expenditures for 
filling land on Harrison avenue, grading St. James 
park, purchase of land on Harrison avenue, ex- 
penses, &c, was §14,357 14. 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF LAMPS. 

The Superintendent states that the 4 department 
is in good condition, and the men employed, sev- 
enty-five in number, are as a general thing prompt 
and faithful in the discharge of their duties. The 
number of street lamps has been largely increased 
from the relighting of the Church Street District 
and on new territory, yet with the increased com- 
pensation of the men employed, amounting to 
§4000, the expenses exceed the previous year but 
about §3000. The reduction of expenses has been 
through the use of a better material for lanterns 
for burning fluid ; the reduction in the price paid 
for fluid, and the continuance in use of the four 
eet gas burners introduced as an experiment. The 
saving on lanterns has been nearly §1700 on fluid 
as much more, and by the new gas burners §43,000. 

In the contract for the supply of new burners, 
the city and the gas company each to pay half the 
expense, about one-half of the burners have been 
already applied. These burners will insure the 
supply of gas contracted for and remove all cause 
of controversy between the city and the gas com- 
pany as to supply. It is expected there will be a 



considerable increase of expense tomeetthe r.eces 
sities of newly acquired territory. Eariy action is 
recommended to relay the main pipes now located 
i n Federal and Dover street bridges, at present a 
source of annoyance from the settlement and accu- 
mulation of water, and also for the laying of main 
pil.es over Mount Washington avenue and Granite 
street for the proper lighting of that section. 

The gas lamps have been increased from -1414 in 
1868, to 4726; and the fluid lamps decreased from 
1291 to 1244. The lamps throughout the city arc 
lighted every night in the year, at a total of about 
3800 hours each, at the rate of one cent per hour 
for each lamp burning four feet of. gas, and in East 
Boston and south Boston, the Government tax i f 
twenty-live cents per 1000 feet is added. Ihc total 
expenditures for 1869 amounted to $2*76,064 71 ; in 
18l8, §272,982 88; in 1867, §219,517 55. 

REPORT OP SUPERINTENDENT OF HEALTH. 

The amount appropriated for the present finan- 
cial year 1869-70, was §315,600; unexpended bal- 
ance, Jan. 1, 1870, §91,533 20. Expended from Jai . 
1 to May 1, 1869, §71,732 80; from May 1 to Jan. 1, 
1870, §224,0ii6 80— making a total of &2b5.799 60 dur- 
ing the last year. The expenditures were as fol- 
lows : 

Sweeping and cleaning streets, cleaning cess- 
pools and removal cf snow and ice from public 
walks, yards, streets, squares, and Public Gardes, 
$98,41026; collection of house ofial and dirt, in 
ciiy proper and at Highlands, §90,751 64; hay, straw, 
oats, corn, meal, &c, at stables. $23,667 85; paid 
foremen, feedeis, and oiher officers and employes, 
§22,43162: new horses and exchange of old ones, 
-'.1140; salaries of superintendent, Assistant City 
Physician, Clerk, and Milk Inspector, §7717 50; cof- 
lection of ashes at East Boston, §5678 80; entei- 
taining guests from other cities, §2577 91. 

The report gives a detailed account of the vari- 
ous items of incidental expenses, amounting in the 
aggregate to §5258 93. 

The amount of bills deposited with the City 
Treasurer for collection was §42,321 15; paid into 
the Treasury and credited to the department was 
§55,519 97, of which amount §31,546 48 was during 
the present financial year. 

The number of paupers and prisoners conveyed 
to the different institutions was as follows: from 
Court House to Jail and from Jail to Court House, 
5915; to Deer Island, sentenced, 3083 ; State Alms- 
houses, by railroads, 562; House of Correction, 487; 
railroad depots and Long wharf. 96 ; Insane Hospi- 
tal, 16; House of Reformation, 85; Deer Island 
(permits), 64— total, 10,278. 

One vehicle for carrying prisoners (morning and 
evening) from the several station houses to the 
city lock-up under the Court House, is also em- 
ployed, and for which the police department is 
charged twenty-five cents per head. The number 
so conveyed and charged was 7125 males, 2814 fe- 
males ; total, 9939. 

A growing evil which, if persisted in, will greatly 
embarrass the department as regards street clean- 
ing, is the daily habit of parties sweeping dirt and 
rubbish from stores and dwellings into the public 
thoroughfares. 

The sanitary police station on Flag Staff Hill, 
Boston Common, has been visited for the purposes 
intended, during the year, by 129,365 persons, an 
increase of 12,125 over that of 1868. 

Schedules are given of the city property connect- 
ed with the southwest and Highland stables. The 
entire property is valued at §100,203 55. Among the 
items are 119 horses, with harnesses, valued at §400 
each, and amounting to §47,600; 82 gravel and dirt 
carts, §150 each, §12,300 ; 34 swill wagons, §225 each, 
$7650; 3 prison vehicles, §1250; 124 sleds for ashes 
and offal, §9300. The horse stock on hand Jan. 1, 
1869 was 113; purchased during the year, 22; died, 
3; killed, 2; exchaged. 8; sold, 2; transferred, 1; 
on hand Jan. 1, 1870, 119. 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SEWERS. 

The annual report of the Superintendent of 
Sewers shows the expenditures, income and busi- 
ness of the department for the year. 

A recapitulation of the work of the year gives 
the following result: 

City proper, 14,924 feet of sewers, at a cost of 
§99,352 88; South Boston, 4077 feet, at a cost of 
§8834 91 ; East Boston, 1965 feet, at a cost of §5593; 
Roxbury, 14,027 feet, at a cost of §47,810 86; mis- 
cellaneous expenses, §21,527 24. The total number 
of feet of sewers laid was 34,993. In addition there 
has been built by the State Commissioners on Back' 
Bao lands 1163 feet, and by the Water Power Co. 



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3049 feet, making a total length laid in tlie city this 
year .7.>, 205 feet, or about iy z miles. The total 
length of all the sewers of tin' city is 105'.. miles. 

'I he amount expended during tlie year was from 
appropriations, as follows: 

sewer appropriation, $101,394 08; Back Bay 
Drainage do., $63,877 83; Atlantic avenue do.*, 
$17,604 04; Church street District do., $7,697 92; 
Street Department do., $264688; total, $183,119 75. 
Of the amount expended by the city, th re has 
iie"n assessed upon estates benefited $69,527 53. 
The Treasure]' has collected assessments during 
the year amounting to $47,640 81, ami the Superin- 
tendent has collected and paid into the Treasury 
.s'.'TTti .':.;. making a total of $50,317 14. The Super- 
intendent has also collected fees from the Land 
Department lor the use of sewers amounting to 
• 66. 

The new drainage for the Church Street District 
has bee: completed in a satisfactory manner as 
th treets were filled, and no further an- 
. oyance i to be expected from this portion of the 
city. Ihe neighboring territory of the Suffolk 
Street District will, however, undoubti dly have to 
e filled in the same manner and an entirely new 
system of drainage constructed for it; but the 
1 will hardly ne in a condition during the en- 
suing year to require much expenditure on account 
of nevt E ' .\ers. 

During th" year the surface drainage of tlie 
South i. .h1 has been completed, so ihat now al- 
most all the water delivered into che gutters, either 
from the street! or from roofs of nouses, is carried 
to the sea independently of the sewen which drain 
thecellars. A large storage sewer has also been 
built in ( 'uncord street of peculiar section, and 
when connected with South liny in the coming ea- 
i ii, will to/ m ;; nev outlet to the overloaded sev- 
ers of till : district. 

By an agreement with the Water rower Co., the 
city'in accepting i n in treets upon their land 
i ■; to take possession of ihe sewei i heretofore built 
by the Company, and levy an assessment upon the 
mutters in the same manner as though the i ewers 
had been built by the city; and the money thus 
collected is to be paid over to the Corporation. A 
plan is in preparation by the Company showing 
these sewers and the owners Of abutting lots, to 
enable the Superintendent' to arrange the assess- 
ments. 

The construction of Atlantic, avenue lias render- 
ed necessary the diversion of all the sewer outlets 
from the inclosed docks; and an act was obtained 
from the last Legislature empowering the city to 
do this, and assess the cost upon the wharf prop- 
erty. During the summer the sewer which will 
foimthe main outlet has been extended to the 
end of Central Wharf. In the coining season, all 
the sewers between India wharf and Richmond 
street will be intercepted in Commercial and India 
streets and directed to this outlet. 

.Nothing has been done during the year under 
the act permitting the town of W< : t koxbury and 
the city to straighten and deepen the channel of 
stony Brook, with power to assess benefit on ahut- 
e 'Ihe proposed action of the Providence Kail- 
road Company in widening and altering their road 
bed Along the line. of the brook, would si :m to 
make the opportunity for carrying out a part, at 
least, of this much desired and inevitable improve- 
ment. 

lr is hardly to : e i xpected that th- new tetriiory 
of Do -Chester will require much sew erage for some 
time, lint in anticipation of the future wants, meas- 
ures .•.!<• in progress tor preparing a system of 
drainage for the different districts into which it is 
naturally divided, mi th.it any works carried out 
may he part of a comprehensive plan. 



LiEFOBT of si '_ l.ui:. j I ',in-.;r OF 

i::<;s. 



I'llLU: CUILD- 



The expenditure upon buildings owned or hired 
for the city or public purposes, oner than school- 
houses and count v buildings ■ere a" follows: 

Kent, $3197 35; fuel, $2398 85; cafe and clean- 
ing, $53 72; alterations and fepalis, water, gas 
and rnrniture, $86,086 06; Total, 10, ,054 30. 

County Buildings. The expepdituies on countv 
buildings have I. ecu, for care, , up, lies., iepairs and 
furniture, >18,790 11 ; fuel, #2760 ,.-,. Total, sm,4CU- 

(Immniur SchootUov.ses. The expenditure on 
these hou.-i s have been, for fuel, $27;1G2 60; rents, 
l»1608; Pare and cleaning, S'J.otso 93; repairs, alter- 



ation;, furniture, &C, .«58,987 73. Total, .«108,409 26. 

Primary Schoolhouses. Expended for fuel, $19,- 
212 22; rents, $5275 64 ; care and cleaning, $15,- 
04« 55; repairs, alterations, furniture, <6c, •■;47,731- 
14. Total, $87,266 55. 

Extraordinary Expenses. These include the 
erection of new and alteration of old buildings for 
which appropriations are made by the City Coun- 
cil. Those in progress of erection are as follows: 

(.iris' High and .Normal Schoolhouse on Fern- 
broke street, containing ten school rooms and ex- 
hibition hall, besides lecture, apparatus and reci- 
tation rooms, will be ready for occupancy in Sep- 
t; nilier next, and will cost about .}225,000. Ihe 
progress on this building has been delayed some, 
three months trim the "damage sustained ty the 
gale (jY September 8. The cost of repairing this 
damage was $18,826 '.Mi. 

Grammar Schoolhouse Ward One, containing 
fourteen school rooms and an exhibition hall. 'Will 
be finished next July and will cost, including fur- 
niture, about $110,000. 

Grammar Schoolhouse, Ward Fourteen, contain- 
ing sixteen -eliool rooms and an exhibition hill. 
Will i e finished next December, and will cost, in- 
cluding furniture, about $110,000. 

F.imaiy Schoolhouse, Appleton ctreet, contain- 
ing ten school rooms' and a hall. Will be finished 
next April and will cost Si'0.000. 

Primary Schoolhouse, Fayette street, containing 
six school rooms. 'Ibis building is to be construct- 
ed from material taken from the May Schoolhouse. 
on Fort Hill. Will be finished in ".May next ami 
will cost $35,000. 

Primary schoolhouse, Berlin street, containing 
six school rooms and a hall. Will be finished nexc 
July and will cost s£8,000. 

Engine House No. 7 and Hose House Xb. 2, East 
street. Will be finished this month and will cost 

$30,000. 

Boiler and Fuel House for Central (ha rity Bu- 
reau and Temporary Home. Will be finished next 
February, and will cost £14,000, including the heat- 
ing apparatus. 

During the pr.st year the following buildings 
have been completed, the cost of which is an- 
nexed : 

Kiee Grammar Schoolhouse §107,476 27 

shurtieff " 100,526 05 

Drake Primary " 41,872 94 

Police Station' No. 10 50,130 1!) 

Hose House .No. 3 13,556 51 

" " 8 21,780 08 

Hook and Ladder House No. 5. 15,530 25 

Police Station No. 6; 12,080 92 

Nev/ sheds, West City Stables 2,861 65 

The following buildings have been remodelled or 
extensively altered, at the expense annexed: 

Colltins Grammar Schoolhouse §45,984 45 

Hook and Ladder Houses 1 and 4 9,585 57 

Engine House No. 9 11,462 71 

Almshouse, Boston Highlands, fitted for 

a soldiers' Home 2,821 41 

Eastern avenue whai f rebuilt 7,349 60 

KEFOltT OF THE C'HiEF OF PC ".LICE. 

The statistics in the report of the Chief of Police 
are principally as follows: Arrests, ^1,842 — males 
16,666; females 5176 ; Americans, 5453; foreigners, 
16,389; non-residents, 4440; minors, 4177; commit- 
ted, 14,896; committed to the lock-up, 11,011 — males 
3693, females 3218; Americans, 4634; foreigners, 
7277. 

'Ihe number of lodgers was 28,553; males, 24,380, 
females, 4173. Americans, 10,421; foreigners, 18,- 
132; non-residents, 23,1 11 ; minors, 4438. 

The principal offences for which arrests wee 
made were as follows: adultery, 27; assault anil 
battery, 1500; felonious assaults, 148; assaults on 
officer's and attempts to rescue prisoners 24 each ; 
breaking and entering, 246; common drunkards, 
446; drunkenness, 9954; disturbing the peace, 948; 
disorderly, 2557; deserters, 34; embezzlement, 27; 
gaining. on the Lord's dr.y, 53; keeping houses of 
ill I' -me, 80; larceny, 1027; felonious larceny, 377; 
idle and disorderly, 68; malicious mischief, 150; 
night walking, 320; pickpockets, 32; leceiving 
stolen goods, ""35; robbery, 44; murder, 16: man- 
slaughter, 9; suspicious 'persons, 1377; suspicion 
of larceny, 291; violation of city ordinances, 302; 
truants, L;"5; violation of Sunday lav;, 58; viola- 
tion of license law, 34; vagabonds, 266; witness- 
o ■„ 270. 

Ihe amount of property taken from prisoners 
and lodgers while in custody and restored, was $60; 



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(ill 74. Amount of property reported stolen, $431,- 
234 47; amount reported recovered, $200,007 15; 
lines imposed, $38,985 16; amount of witness fees 
earned, $20,469 50; number ol' day.* spent in Court, 
silo 1 .,; aggregate amount of imprisonment im- 
posed by Courts, 1058 years, 9 months, 16 days; 
number of despatches sent over police telegraph, 
4012; number of larcenies in stations, 1832; arrests 
in same, 1410. 

I r.eler the head of miscellaneous are the follow- 
ing: Attempt at suicide, 1; accidents, 491 ; arrest- 
ed i'i) warrant, 970; buildings found open and se- 
cured, 2110; beats challenged, 3C55; bonfires extin- 
guished, C4; cases investigated, 1010; defective 
water pipes, 109; defective cellar doors, 128; do. 
drains', &c, 470: do. lamps, 12,457; do. hydrants. 
100; do, lire alaiins. 73; do. docks, 11 ; "do. gas 
pipes, ]x; do. cesspools, 55; do. man holes, IT; do. 
fences, 13; do. coal holes, 6; do. water gates, 9 ; 
disturbances suaprcssed, 7570; dangerous build- 
ings, 47j dp. chimneys, 15; dead bodies provided 
for, 58; dogs killed. i)5; extra duty done by. officer; . 
' 534 ; foundlings provided for, 7; tire alaiins given, 
224; fires extinguished without alarm, 115; intoxi- 
cated persons helped In nie, 1015; lest children 
picked up. 971 : persons rescued frrm drowning. 
37: street obstruction!: removed, 1.3,506; streets ajwl 
sidewalks reported and repaired, :.5f)l ; stray teams 
put up, 184; sick and injured provided for, 36; 
(mall pox cases reported, 4; vessels boarded, 873; 
water running to waste. 1( 8. 

lhe police force. January, 1869, consisted <f 412 
men: died, 5; discharged, C ; resigned. 13; sus- 
pended, 10; new appointments, 55; total force, Jan- 
uary 1, 1870. 443. 

Liquor Trade — Number wholesale dealers, 198; 
retail dealers, 1838; total, 2036. 

Houses of doubtful reputation— dumber of 
houses, 128; assignation only, 40; houses with girls, 
82; number of girls. 292. 

training Establishments— Billiard rooms, 63; 
billiard tables, 236 ; bowling rooms, 9; bowling-al- 
leys, 35; bagatelle rooms, 13; bagatelle boards, 15; 
prop and faro rooms, 6; card room, 1; shooting 
galleries, 2. 

" The following table shows the building improve- 
ments in the several police elistricts: 

Station 1. 15 brick buddings, $121,500; 9 wood, 
s:,K.L'0()-»>tal, $159,700. .station 2, 22 stone build- 
ings, . si, 080,000; 4 brick, $95,000— total, $1,175,000. 
Station 3, 3 stone, $285,000; 06 brick, $1,330,000; 
14 wood, 868, 000— total, $1,683,000. Station 4, 12 
stone, $723,000; 47 brick. $1,174,500; 9 wood, $10,550 
—total, $1,914,060. Station 5, 3 stone, $233,000; 298 
brick, $3,103,900; 36 wood, $86,300— total, $3,483,200. 
Station 6, 23 brick, fSfc'5,900; 275 wood, $782,350— 
total, $1,148,250. Station 7, 32 1 rick, $460,500; 174 
wood, $673,600— total, $1,134,100. Stations, 1 brick, 
$5000; 13 wood, $37.100— total, $42,100. station 9, 
1 2 brick, $141 ,000; 120 wood, $559,000— total, $700,000. 
SstationlO, 31 brick, $210,000; 92 wood, $307,000— 
total. $517,000. The whole number of buildings 
was 40 of stone, 529 brick, 742 wood— total 1311, of 
the value of $11,9CC,400. 

The amount of shipbuilding was 8 ships of 10,022 
tonage, costing $833,000 ; 1 barque, 800 tons, €65,000 ; 
5 schooners, 1340 tons. $172,000; 2 tow boats, $19,000: 
1 relief boat, $50,000; T yacht, $5000; 102 boats, $17,- 
800; a total of 13,557 tons, $1,101,800. 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. 

The report of Wm. F. Reed, Sealer for the North- 
ern District, states that he has visited officially 
during the year 1 1 10 places of business. In his ex- 
amination 253 scales, 1083 weights and 269 measures 
required adjusting before being sealed; 8 scales, 11 
weights and 35 measures, that could not be maele to 
conform to the standard, were condemned. The 
receipts were $1403 47, which were paid into the 
city treasury. 1 he expenditures, including salary 
of Sealer and assistant, $2100, amounted to $293961 ; 
balance of appropriation for the financial year un- 
expended, $800 13. 

The Sealer again calls attention to the necessity 
of changes in the law, requiring parties to bring 
their scales, weights and measures to the Sealer to 
be sealed. No instance is known of such compli- 
ance with the law, there being no penalty for ne- 
glecting to do so, while authority should be given 
for an examination oftener than once a year. 

John D. Caclogan, Sealer for the Southern Dis- 
trict, again calls attention to the unreliability of 
the spring balance, against the use of which 'the 
City Solicitor says there is no law. It is suggested 



that application should be made to the Legislature 
on the subject. Other suggestions were also made 
relative to' changes in the law, and a change in the 
ordinance to provide for an additional sealer. The 
expenses of the department for the year were 
$2950 77. Visits were made to over 1300 stores and 
places of business, and there were sealed 18,547 
scales, weights anel measures. There were a I- 
justed 370, and condemned 40, as being unlit for 
sealing. The .fees received amounted to $1600 57, 
which were put into the city treasury. 

These reports were severally laiel on the table 
and ordered to be printeel. 

SUPERINTENDENTS OE BKIBGES. 

Meridian street Bridge. Vessels passed through 
last year, as follows: Januaiy, 110; Februaiy, 49; 
March, 128; April, 151; May 158; June, 244; July, 
292; August, 200; September, 307: October, 'i»i; 
November 234; December 194— total, 2301. 

Borer street Bridge, 'the number of vessels pass- 
ing the draw was as follows: January, 75; Febru- 
ary, 32; March, 89; April, 444; May, 562; June, 000; 
July, 736; August, 522; September, 475; October, 
565; November, 493; December, 393— total 4980. 

Mount Washington avenue Bridge, 'lhe number 
cf vessels which passed the eiiaw during the last 
year was 11,135. 

Federal street Bridge, The whole number of ves- 
sels which passed the draw in 1S09 was 9500. 

severally read and sent down. 

QUAHTEBLV REPOISTS. 

Reports were made as follows: 

Superintendent of Streets. The report of the Su- 
perintendent for the quarter, states that there have 
been expended and charged to the appropriation 
for paving, &c, during the quarter ending Dee. 31, 
1809, in ail sections ot the city, including the set- 
tlement of grade damages $152,538 09. 

There were bills lodged with the City Treasurer 
for constructing and' repairing sidewalks, i&c., 
amounting to $1893 20. 'lhe amount paid into the 
City Treasury during the same period credited to 
the paving department was $4344 21. 

Superintendent of Health. Expenditures for the 
quarter, in the removal of snow and ice, sweeping 
and cleaning streets, &c, $71,433 75. Demands 
deposited with the City Treasurer for collection, 
$9128 09; paiel into the Treasury and credited to 
the department, $10,875 29. Prisoners conveyed 
from the Station Houses to the lock-up, 2823, — 
males, 2081 ; females, 742. 

Staler of Weights and Measures. The report of 
John D. Codagan, Sealer for the Southern District, 
gives as the amount of fees received by him for the 
quarter ending December 31, $528 32. 

Weighers and Inspectors of Lighters. The report 
gives as the receipts for inspection anel weighing, 
irliJO 15; expenses of eiffice, $64 59. The net income 
of $1395 56 has been divieled among the incumbents 
of the office. 

Hayweigher of Northern Scales. Received for the 
quarter ending' Jan 1, 1870, $714 10, forty per cent. 
of which (less expenses, $73 40), amounting to 
$212 24, has been paid to the City Treasurer. 

Truant Officers' Report. A condenseel report of 
all the officers shows the following result: Number 
of cases investigateel during the quarter, 3491 ; olel 
truants previously reported, 41; new cases, 133; 
found to be truants, 174; aggregate absences by 
truancy, 608. Before justices of Municipal Court — 
Complained of as habitual tiuants, 30; on proba- 
tion, 13; sentenced to the House of Reformation, 
17; complained of as absentees, 34; on probation, 
9; sentenceel ti House of Reformation, 25. Before 
the Judge of Probate — Complained of for offences 
other than truancy, 2; sentenceel to State Reform 
School anel to Industrial School for Girls, 1 each. 

REPORTS OE COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Braman, from the Special Commit- 
tee to whom was referred the petition of 
George H. Monroe and others that the ballots 
cast for Robert Cowelin and Charles Richard- 
son at the last municipal election be recounted, 
made a report that, in accorelance with the in- 
structions of the Board, they had obtained and 
transmit therewith the opinion of the City So- 
licitor, by which it appears that the time within 
which such a recount could be legally maele has 
elapsed. They therefore recommend that the peti- 
tioners have leave to withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman Connor announced that the Committee 
on Accounts had made choice of Alderman Bra- 
man as their Chairman. 



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OUDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That the City Clerk, the treasurer of the 
Smith fund, be authorized to subscribe on behalf 
of this Board, for the additional share of stock in 
the Boston & Providence Railroad Co., and to sell 
the surplus rights to which said fund is entitled. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Mayor and Aldermen be and 
they are hereby authorized, in accordance with 
sect. 14, chap. 50, General Statutes, to make rules 
and regulations to restrain sales by minors, or to 
grant licenses for minors to make such sales, on 
such terms and conditions as they shall prescribe. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to remove the steps to buildings abutting 
on Kast Castle street, which project into and ob- 
struct the sidewalks in said street. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to close Hawes street against public 
travel, at the corner of Congress and Hawes streets, 
until the raising of the buildings shall have been 
completed. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the balances of appropriations of 



18C9 made by the town of Dorchester for the 
purpose of defraying the expenses of the sev- 
eral departments* ot that town and for the 
erection of certain buildings, as certified by 
the Treasures of Dorchester, be received and 
added, so far as may be, by the Auditor of 
Accounts, to corresponding appropriations made 
by the City Council of Boston for 1869 for like pur- 
poses, for the purpose of meeting the additional 
expenses which will be incurred by the several de- 
partments in consequence of the annexation of 
Dorchester to this city. Ihose appropriations 
which are for objects not contemplated in the reg- 
ular appropriations, to remain as special appropri- 
ations until the objects for which they were made 
are completed. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, Ihat the several standing crmmittees 
of this Board resume the unfinished business of the 
last year which is appropriate for said committees. 

Ordered, That the several joint standing com- 
mittes resume the unfinished business of last year 
which is appropriate to said committees. 

An order was also passed for the collection of side- 
walk assessments amounting to $9513 66 on London 
Havre, Decatur, Warren and White streets. 

Adjourned to Monday afternoon next. 



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COM MON CO UNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

JANUARY 13, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7»j o'clock, .Mel- 
ville K. Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

r\. I i'S FROM THE D \l:I> < K ALDERMEN. 

The Auditor's monthly exhibit, and the several 
annual and quarterly reports, from the Board of 
Aldermen, we e orden d to lie p aced on file. 

■ i 1 1 < • toll owing orders were read twice and passed: 

Order authorizing the making of rules and reg- 
ulations concerning sales by mmo s. 

Order to refer the repo I of 1869 on "Suffolk 
.•street District' to the Committee onsaid District. 

Order thatthe balance of the appropriation by 
Dorchester for 1869, for town expenses, he added, 
as far as may I e, by the Auditor, to corresponding 
appropriations by the city, to meet additional ex- 
penses on account of the annexation of Dorches- 
;<■ ■. 

The amendment to the order appointing a Com- 
mittee on Suffolk street District, increasing the 
number, was concurred in, and Messrs. Hall of 
Ward ( me and Dolan of Ward 'thirteen were added 
to th" Committee on the part of the Council. 

i he order for the Committee to nominate City 
Engineer was com irred in, ami Messrs. Noyes of 
Ward Five. Gray of Ward Twelve and Williams 
of Ward Thirteen were/joined to '.he Committee. 

Mess: s. W oolley of Ward One, Perkins of Ward 
Four and O'Brien of Ward Seven were .joined to 
the Committee on the petition of the Boston & 
Lynn I. nion Horse Railroad Co. 

Ihe orders appointing the Joint Standing Com- 
mittees were severally concurred in, and the Pres- 
id n announced the Committees on the part of the 
Common Council as follows: 

joint sta :;>;:;<; committees. 

Assessors' Department— Gray of Ward Twelve, 
X ilea' of Ward six, Brown of Ward Two, Williams 
of Ward Thirteen. Rogers of Ward Fifteen. 

Bathing — Woolley of Ward One, Vannevar of 
Ward Fight, Kingsbury of Ward Fifteen, Meads of 
Ward Twelve, Donnelly of Ward Three. 

Claims — Talbot of Ward Four, Bishop of Ward 
Seven, Rich of Ward Sine, Williams of Ward Thir- 
teen, ttobbins of Ward Eight. 

Engineers' Department— Wilkins of Ward Nine, 
Seaverns of Ward Fourteen, Bonner of Ward Two. 

Ferries — Poor of Ward Eleven, Ryan of Ward 
Thirteen, Frost of Ward Nine, Brooks of Ward One, 
Taylor of Ward Two. 

Fire Alarms — Woods of Ward Twelve, Tucker of 
Ward six, Vannevar of Ward Eight. 

Fuel— Bond of Ward Eight, Donnelly of Ward 
Three, O'Connor of Ward seven. 

Harbor— Hall of Ward One, Talbot of Ward Four, 
Winch of Ward Ten. 

City Hospital— Frost of Ward Nine, Seaverns of 
Ward Fourteen, Patch of Ward Eleven. 

Institutions at south Boston and Deer Island— 
Learnard of Ward Kleven, Bicknell of Ward Four, 
Gay of Ward Ten, Bradt of Ward Fourteen, Pond 
of Ward Three. 

Legislative Business — Flanders of Ward Five, 
Rowe of Ward Ten, Barnard of Ward Six. 

Ordinances — Hall of Ward One, Rich of Ward 
Nine, Barnard of Ward Six, Batch of Ward Eleven, 
Temple of Ward Sixteen. 

Overseers of Boor — Dolan of Ward Thirteen, Rob- 
bins of Ward Eight, Burt of Ward Sixteen. 

Public Buildings — Emerson of Ward Six, Wells 
of Ward Three, Gray of Ward Twelve, Learnard of 
Ward Eleven, Sayward of Ward Sixteen. 

Public Instruction— (President ex officio), Wil- 
kins of Ward Nine; Temple of Ward Sixteen; 
Perkins of Ward Four; Ayer of Ward Fourteen. 

Public Lauds — Squires of Ward Eight; Boor of 
Ward Eleven ; Ryan of Ward Thirteen; Woods of 
Ward Twelve; D'evine of Ward Fifteen. 

Printing— Gay of Ward Ten; Talbot of Ward 
Four; Parker of Ward Fourteen. 

Public Library— Gay of Ward Ten: Brown of 



Ward Two; Aver of Ward Fourteen; Barnes of 
Ward One; Pond of Ward Three. 

surveyors' Department — Doherty of Ward Two; 
Smith of Ward Ten; Burt of Ward sixteen. 

Treasury Department — Sayward of Ward Six- 
teefi; Hull of Ward Four; iioulton of Ward Nine. 

Water— Noyes of Ward Five; Going of Ward 
Three; Horse of Ward Thirteen; Rowe of Ward 
Ten; Hull of Ward Four. 

STANDING C HMITTEE8 OF t'HE COMMOK COUNCIL. 

Common and Squares— Going of Ward Three; 
Brooks of Ward one; Rogers of Ward. Fifteen; 
Wineh ( f V ard Ten; Murj by i 1 Ward Five. 

Fire Department — fucker of Ward six; Flan- 
ders of Ward Five; Kingsbury of Ward Fifteen; 
Woolley of Ward One; W < lis of Ward 'ihree. 

Internal Health — Bicknell of w ard Fi ae; Smith 
of Ward Ten; Barnes of Ward one; O Connor of 
Ward Se;en; (,uinn of WardFive. 

Police — Squires of Ward Eight; Mcrsc of Ward 
Thirteen; Roberts of Ward Eleven; Bick/crd of 
W ard Fifteen; O'Brien of \\ ard seven. 

streets — Bond of Ward Eight; Parker of Ward 
Fourteen; Pope of W ard Sixteen; Bonner of Ward 
Two; Gibblin of Ward Seven. 

The order for the .Joint Committees to re- 
sume the unfinished business of last year appro- 
priate to said committees, was passed in concur- 
rence. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Theodore W. Fisher, for election as City Physi- 
cian. Referred to Committee on Nomination of 
City Physician. 

Morewood & Co., for payment of lost eouponB 
city scrip. Referred to Committee on Finance. 

1'rederick M. BriggS and Isaac F. Atwood, con- 
testing the seats of James Devine and Patrick II. 
Rogers in the Common Council from Ward Fif- 
teen. 

G. W. Williams and Benjamin E. Dyer, content- 
ing the seat of William J. smith in the Common 
Council from Ward Ten. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Elec- 
tions. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr- Poor of Ward Eleven, from the Committee 
on Elections, to whom was referred the petition of 
George S. Kendall in relation to the election of 
members of the Common Council from Ward 
Three, made a report that the petitioner, having 
declined to contest the election, and having with- 
drawn his application for a recount of the votes, 
no further action is necessary. 'Ihe report was ac- 
cepted. 

The same Committee, to whom was referred the 
petition of Nathan H. Daniels, to be admitted to 
the seat at this Board now occupied by William E. 
Bicknell, for the reason that in his opinion an er- 
ror was made in counting the votes, made a report 
that the petitioner and the person whose right to a 
seat was contested, having agreed to rest their 
claims upon a recount of the votes, the Committee 
made a careful recount, with the following result: 

Wm. E. Bicknell had 503 

Bicknell 1 

Nathan H. Daniels 4*1 

It appears, therefore, that Win. E. Bicknell was 
duly elected. The report was accepted. 

The announcements were made, that the Com- 
mittee on Finance had made choice of John o. 
Poor of Ward Eleven as their chairman, and that 
the Committee on Accounts had made choice of 
Wm. ML. Flanders as the chairman of that com- 
mittee on the part of the Common Council. 

Mr. Learnard of Ward Eleven, from the Commit- 
tee to Nominate Candidates for the Cochituate 
Water Board, made a report in part, recommend- 
ing the election at this time of the following named 
persons to represent the. City Government on said 
Board- 
Board of Aldermen, Walter E. Hawes; Common 
Council, John O. Poor and Hollis R. Gray. 

The report was accepted, and the Council pro- 
ceeded to an election. Messrs. Learnard of W ard 
Eleven, Tucker of Ward >ix and Moulton of Ward 
Nine, a committee on counting votes, reported the 
result as follows: 

Whole number of votes C3 

Walter E. Hawes iy 

John O. Poor tiO 

Hollis R. Gray no 

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Messrs. Hawes, Poor and Gray were declare;! 
to be elected. 

Mr. Wilkins of Ward Nine, from the Committee 
to nominate candidates for the Hoard of Trustees 
of the Public Library, made a report, in part, rec- 
ommending the election of the following named 
persons to represent the City Council on said 
Board: 

Board of Aldermen— George O. Carpenter; Com- 
mon Council— Melville E. Ingalls and Stephen P.. 
Niles. 

'I he report was accepted, the Council proceeded 
to an election, and Messrs. Wilkins of Ward 9, 
Bond of Ward 8, and O'Connor of Ward 7, appoint- 
ed to count the votes, reported as follows : 

Whole number of votes 09 

George < t. ( arpenter 58 

Melville K. Ingalls 57 

Stephen K. Mies 58 

Scattering 3 

Messrs. Carpenter, Ingalls, and Nilea were de- 
clared elected on the part of the Council. 

.Mr. Poor oT Ward Eleven, from the Committee to 
nominate candidates for Trustees of the City Hos- 
pital, made a report in part, recommending the 
election ( f the following named persons to repre- 
sent the City Council in said Board: 

B( aid of Aldermen — Henry I., Pierce ; Common 
Council— George E. Leamard, Thomas W. Brown, 
Jr. 

The report was accepted and Mesors. Poor of 
Ward Eleven, <> Brien of Ward Seven, and B owe of 
Ward Ten, a committee to count the votes, report- 
ed as follows : 

Whole number of votes CI 

Henry L. l'ieree CO 

George E. Leajnard 50 

Thom: s W. Brown, Jr CO 

Scattering 3 

Messrs. Pierce, Learnard and Brown were declared 
elected on the part of the Council. 

Mr. Gay of Ward Ten, from the committee to 
nominate candidates for Trustees of Mount Hope 
Cemetery, made a report recommending the elec- 
tion of the following named persons: 

From the Board of Aldermen, Francis W. Jacobs ; 
Common Council, Edmund B. Vannevar, John S. 
Moulton; at large, for one year, Samuel B.Hop- 
kins; for two years, Solomon B. Stebbins, Charles 
Caverly, Jr. 

The report was accepted. 

Mr. Wells of Ward Three moved that the elec- 
tion be assigned to Thursday evening next. Lost, 
22 to 30, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion. 

Messrs. Temple of Ward Sixteen, Murphy of 
Ward Five, and Winch of Ward Ten, a committee 
to count votes, reported as follows: 



Whole number of votes 63 

Francis W. Jacobs 62 

Edmund B. Vannevar 59 

John S. Moulton 61 

Samuel B. Hopkins .59 

Solomon B. Stebbins A& 

Charles Caverley, Jr w51 

Scattering 12" 

Messrs. Jacobs, Vannevar, Moulton, Hopkins, 

Stebbins and Caverly were declared to be elected 

on the part of the Council. 

COMMITTEES TO NOMINATE PUBLIC OFFICERS. 

Committees were appointed as follows, to be 
joined, to nominate candidates for offices: 

To nominate a Superintendent of Streets — 
Smith of Ward Ten, Tucker of Ward Six, Brooks 
of Ward One. 

To nominate a Superintendent of Common Sew- 
ers—Gray of Ward Twelve, Brown of Ward Two, 
Burt of Ward sixteen. 

Mr. Gray of Ward Twelve was excused from 
serving on the Committee to nominate a Harbor 
Master, and Mr. Vannevar of Ward Eight was ap- 
pointed in his place. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Vannevar of Ward Eight, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be requested 
to appoint the members of the Common Council 
special policemen, without pay, and that a com- 
mittee of three be appointed to'procure a suitable 
badge. 

Messrs. Vannevar of Ward Eight, Bishop of 
Ward Seven, and Poor of Ward Eleven were ap- 
pointed the committee. 

On motion of Mr. Donnelly of Ward Three, 

Ordered, That a committee of three, with such as 
the Board of Aldermen may join, be appointed to 
take into consideration the expediency of estab- 
lishing one or more free markets in the' city prop- 
er, and report as early as practicable. 

Messrs. Donnelly of Ward Three, Bond of Ward 
Eight, and Pope of Ward sixteen, were appointed 
the committee. 

On motion of Mr. Wilkins of Ward Nine, 

Ordered, That a committee, with such as the 
Board of Aldermen may join, be appointed to con- 
sider and report to the City Council upon the ex- 
pediency of giving a series of free concerts of 
music at the Music Hall or elsewhere. 

Messrs. Wilkins of Ward Nine, Bradt of Ward 
Fourteen and Murphy of Ward Five were appoint- 
ed on the committee. 

Mr. Hail of Ward One submitted an ordinance 
to amend an ordinance in relation to the Fire De- 
partment, to strike out from page 243 amended or- 
dinances, fifth ine in section 30, the words "annu- 
ally or," requiring the foreman and assistant fore- 
man of companies to be nominated annually. 

Referred to the Committee on Ordinances. 

Adjourned to Thursday evening next.- 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 17, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, May- 
or shurtleff presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE A1TI) CONFIRMED. 

Church .street Commissioner — Francis Richards. 

special l'oliee Officers, without pay — W m, F. 
Dean for 60 Leveret t street; E. W.Turner, 27 Tre- 
mont row. 

Constables (of Dorchester)— SylvecterH. Hebard, 
Abel (Joss, Robert T. (ilidden, benjamin F. Taylor, 
'ihomas H. Cooper, Theodore Bersey, Benjamin 1*. 
Eidridge, A. Chapin Southworth, George F. Fen- 
no. 

Assistant City Clerk (appointed ly the City 
Clerk) — Charles R. Alley. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AITD REFERRED. 

Simon Lewis and Jacob Lewis, to bo paid for 
damages to their leasehold estate on account of 
raising the giade of Federal street. 

John A. Lowell, that the portion of Heath street 
recently laid out be graded, &c. 

A. H. Stevens and others, that the name of Cross 
street (Ward l(i) be changed to Glendaie street. 

Mosely & Hodgman arid others that the portion 
of Broad street firm Custom House street to State 
street he paved with small granite blocks, and for 
a sewer ac the corner of Broad auu Batteiymareh 
streets. 
Severally referred to the Committer on Paving, 
l.alian s. Beecher, that ihe old Lui diag on Wash- 
ington street, near Vernon street, be set tack. 

James O. Boyle, for damages to his leasehold 
estate No. 21 India wharf, by construction of At- 
lantic aveiiue. 

R. J. Parker, executor, for apportionment of 
betterment on e.taie cf Eber Barker ou Federal 
street. 

Jordan, Marsh & Co. and others, that Portland 
street be wideneel. 

Boston & Lowell Railroael Co., and Eastern Rail- 
roael Co., for extension of Washington street 
through Portland street. 

George Howe, that his betterment for the widen- 
ing of Devonshire street be apportioned, 
severally re lerred to the Committee on Streets. 
Emanuel Downing, for leave to erect a stable en 
Princeton s:reet. 

James W . Boston, for permission to erect a stable 
at Bcslon Highlands. 

Samuel G. Howe, for leave to use a stable on 
premises on Fourth street, 
severally referreel to Committee on Health. 
Jonathan Emerson, that the city woulel lecenvey 
to him all the lands taken from him on the Church 
street territciy. 

Referreel to Committee on Church Street Dis- 
trict. 

Patrick Canny, that excessive taxations of 1865- 
1868 be refuneled to him. 

Beferred to joint Cemmittee en the Assessors' 
Department. 

J. H. Koberts and others, that the votes cast for 
ward offices in Ward 3 may be recounted in order 
to ascertain the cor. 1 ect result. Referred to Alder- 
men Brainan, Connor anel Carpenter. 

Ceo. W. Decatur and others for leave to run a 
line of omnibuses in this city, from the Providence 
Railroad crossing on Tremont street, through Tre- 
mont, Court, Hanover anel Union streets to Hay- 
market sepiare, anel through Haverhill, Causeway, 
Leverett, Court anel Tremont to Boylston and 
through Pleasant street to Tremont street and the 
point of beginning. Referred to the Committee 
on Licenses. 

Amos L. Xoyes and others, to be heard re- 
specting the removal of hose carriage No. 2 from 
Hudson to Ease street. Referred to Committee 
on Fire Department. 

E. & G. g. Hook and others, that an Engineer of 
the Firo Department be selected from the vicinity 



cf their estates in Roxbury. Referred to Commit- 
tee to Be minate Engineei s of the Fire Department. 

Wm. Doogue, for appointment as Superintend- 
ent of Common and squares. Referreel to Com- 
mittee on Common and Sejuares. 

Wm. B. Tarleton, for appointment an Harbor 
Master. 

Albert T. Haydcn, for appointment as Harbor 
Master. 

severally referreel to the Committee on Nomina- 
tion of Harbor Master. 

New England Electric Gas Light Company, fcr 
leave t ) use their patent on the Park anu Beacon 
Sit est lamps. RelerieJ to the Committee on Lamps. 

A notice was received of apetition of B. E. Perry 
anel others, to the Legislature, for the annexation 
of Meelford to Boston. Referreel to the Committee 
on Legislative Matters. 

NOTICES OF IHTENTIOiT TO BUILD. 

Michael McSweeney, 1C5 and 167 Ninth street; 
James Stales, 7!) Canton street; Michael Hayden, 
U7o shawmut avenue; Emarsuel Downing, Prince- 
tun street, between Prescottand Putnam streets; 
Patrick H. Dwyer, Seventh street, between E and 
F streets; Faiukner& Clarke, 12 Eliot street; John 
Lamb, Northiield street; Joseph Nickerson. Web- 
ber street; John Foster, Middle street. Severally 
referred to the Committee on Streets. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

Several petitions from the Common Council were 
referred, in concunence. 

'ihe several reports of committees on nomina- 
tions of Trustees of the City Hospital, Cochituate 
Water Board, Trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery, 
and Trustees of Public Library, were accepted, in 
concurrence. 

COMMITTEES .JOINED. ' 

Committees were appointeel as follows, on orders 
ol ihe Common Council: 

On Nomination of Superintendent of Streets — 
Aldermen Talbot anel Carpenter. 

On Nomination of Superintendent of Sewers — 
Aldeimen Talbot anel Connor. 

On Nomination of Harbor Master — Aldermen 
eiil son and Pierce. 

Free Conceits— Aldermen Jenkins and Connor. 

Free Markets— Aldermen Carpenter and Jacola. 

'Ihe reepiest for the Mayor to appoint the mem- 
bers of tne Common Council special police officers, 
and that baches be procured, was concurred in, 
and the appointments made. 

The ordinance to amend an ordinance in relation 
to the Fire Department was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Fire Department. 

ELECTION OF OFEICEES. 

The Board proceeded to the election cf officers 
as follows: 

Trustees of Public Library, Whole number of 

votes 12 

George u. Carpenter (Alderman) had n 

Melville E. Ingalls (Council) 12 

Stephen R. Niies " 12 

Trustees of City Hospital. Whole number of 

votes 12 

Henry L. Pierce (Aldeiman) n 

George E. Learnaid (Council) 12 

'lhos. W. Brown, Jr. " 12 

Cochituate Water Hoard. Whole Lumber of 

votes 12 

Walter E. iiawes (Alderman) ii 

John O. Focr (Council) 12 

Hollis R. Gray " .".12 

Trustees of Mount Hope Cemetrey. Whole number 

of votes 1 v 

Francis W. Jacobs (Alderman) ...'.ii 

Edmund B. Vannevar (Council) 12 

John S. Moulton 12 

Samuel B. Hopkins (at large, 1 yr.). ...... 12 

Solomon B. Stebbins (at large 2"yrs.) 12 

Charles Caverley, Jr. (at large 2 yrs.) 12 

All the above named were elected, in concur- 
ence. 

Alderman Pierce from the committee to nomi- 
nate candidates for the Board of Directors of Fuu- 
lic Institutions made a report in part recommend- 
ing the election of the following named persons to 
represent the City Council on said Boarel: 

Board of Aldermen, Albert S. Prat:; Common 
Council, Wm. W'oolley, Albert Gay. 

The report was accepted, and uxi election took 
nl.irse as follows : 



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boardo/JOtrectors/or Public Institutions. Whole 

number <>; votes 12 

Albert S. Pratt (Aluerman) 11 

\\ in. \v< oiler (Council) 4 

Albert Gay " 6 

Sam l lall ot, Jr., " li 

\\ in.31. Flanders " 7 

Mm. F. Brooks " l 

Further ballotings resulted as follows: 

Second. Third. 

Whole number 12 la 

Win. Woolley 5 3 

Albert Gay... 3 2 

Mm ui'i Taibot, Jr., 4 7 

Alderman Pratt, and Messrs. Flanders and Tal- 
bot ot the Couneil, were elected on the part of the 
Board. 

Alderman Braman and Jenkins, to be joined, 
were appointed to nominate a Board ot Consulting 
Physicians. 

ANNUAL EEPOBT OK THE CITY SURVEYOR. 

The annual report of the City Purveyor was laid 
before the Bor.ru in print, lhe .surveyor gives as 
the expenditures of the department #22,637 so from 
the appropriation for the department, and £1288 95 
fr< m the appropriation for the survey of Roxbury, 
making a total of $23,926 75. The expenditures tor 
salaries of surveyor and twenty-two employes 
were $18,340 87 ; books, stationery, drawing paper 
and materials, $1210 99; instruments and repairs, 
>927 87. 'lhe remainder was for incidental ex- 
penses, etc. There were three persons employed 
in the survey of Roxbury, making the average 
number of persons i mployed twenty .five. 

'lhe report gives the various labors of the office 
with considerable detail, the Suffolk street District 
being accurately surveyed and disputed lines run 
and settled on the Church street District, includ- 
ing also a survey anil plan of the proposed extension 
of Suffolk street; the laying out and widening of 
streets on Fort Hill, the laying out of Atlan- 
tic avenue, the extension of Washington street, 
the widening of Eliot street, considerable work on 
Hanover and Federal streets, with plans for laying 
out, extending and widening other streets, some 
twenty in number, in the eity proper, sixteen 
streets in South Boston, two in Fast Boston, and 
twenty-live in Roxbury. A survey of Dor- 
chester has been commenced, six persons being 
engaged on the work, commenced under authority 
of the Selectmen of the town, with the approval of 
the Mayor of this city, 

The l-port was accepted. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF 
STREETS. 

The report of the Superintendent of Streets 
gives the amount ot expenditures for paving, repay- 
ing, grading, repairs of streets, removing and lev- 
elling of snow, in detail. A recapitulation gives 
the following result: 

City Proper $364,414 42 

South Boston 103,026 65 

East Boston 44,453 76 

Koxbuiy 91,632 27 

Incidentals 58,956 58 

tirade Damages 5,434 22 

Total $607,817 'JO 

The total amount appropriated for paving was 
$700,000; expended the present financial year, 
$622,126 -'5; balance unexpended, $77,873 75. 

Amount of bills for edgestones, sidewalks, &e., 
lodged with City Treasurer for collection, i?l5,584 
44; paid into the Treasury, $5553 07. 

lhe expenditures on Atlantic avenue, charged 
to the speeial appropriation for the avenue, during 
the year amounted to 15137,597 14. The grading is 
to be completed by 1st of September next. 

The expenditures on the extension of Broadway 
have amounted to $278,174 55, of which sum $182,- 
108 was on account of the bridge, $45,512 42 for 
walls, and 843,754 21 for grade damages. 

'lhe amount expended 'on the Church Street Ter- 
ritory for paving, bagging, setting edgestones. &c, 
•'"was- $67,127 .58, Of mis amount si2,300 was for 
tilling Tremont street, and $8991 for wood pave- 
ment on Tremont street. 

'lhe expenditures on Oliver street, in removal of 
earth and paving, amounted to $23,953 76. 

the report gives the horse railroad locations 
granted during the year, and suggests that the 
time 1 has come for the. Board to exercise its author- 
ity in regard to the use of the track on Washing-. 



ton street, between Cornhill and Temple place. 
"During the busiest hours of the day, when that 
street is crowded with vehicles, no cars other than 
those returning from the depots should 1 e allowed 
to pass over this track. It was with this object in 
view that the location was granted in Temple 
place." 

The annexation of Dorchester is referred to as 
increasing the operations of the Paving Depart- 
ment, with remarks upon the necessity of con- 
structing in a proper manner and maintaining in 
good condition the principal highways leading 
iron the city proper through that Lerritoiy, as wed 
as those through Roxbury, and the roads to Brook- 
line. To ;'( medy this loose manner of repairing 
roads, the City Government is called upon to carry 
out "a general system of thorough road making in 
the suburban districts." To construct a good road, 
proper drainage must first be secured; the road- 
bed should be composed of at least eighteen inches 
in depth of broken stones of very hard quality, the 
stones decreasing in size as they* approach the sur- 
face, the top layer being fine and rolled down 
smooth and hard with heavy rollers, weighing from 
ten to twenty tons. 

For this purpose r tea in rollers should be pro- 
cured. The first cost of a road constructed in this 
manner must of course leveiy large, but in the 
end it will be found to have been the most econ- 
omical. Properly constructed roads through Rox- 
bury and Dorchester would be valuable not only as 
public highways, but would afford opportunity for 
pleasure-driving through scenery unsurpassed in 
beauty in any public park in the country." 

lhe report was laid on the table and' ordered to 
be printed. 

The following communication was laid before the 
Board : 

Boston, 17th January, 1870. 
To the Board of Aldermen of the < it;/ of Boston ; 

As the season draws nigh and has nearly arrived 
when many of the laboring classes are deprived of 
their usual means of support, 1 respectfully sug- 
gest for your consideration the propriety of estab- 
lishing soup-houses and the distribution of nourish- 
ing food for the relief of the most needy of the 
suffering poor, during the approaching inclement 
months. By so doing, the extreme destitution of 
the worthy poor will be much ameliorated, and the 
tendency to petty crimes, which frequently arise 
from want, will foe lessened, lhe efforts made dur- 
ing the last two winters have fully demonstrated 
the important benefits which result from this mode 
of dispensing a very acceptable boon when most 
needed. ^vath'l B. Shurtleff. 

Ou motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Police be au- 
thorized, in consultation with His Honor the 
Mayor, to make arrangements for the supply of 
soup ; at the several police stations, or adjacent lo- 
calities, to such residents in this city as are known 
to be in necessitous circumstances; and that a sum 
not exceeding $3000 be appropriated therefor, to 
be charged to the appropriations for police — this 
arrangement to commence forthwith, and to termi- 
nate on March 1st, 1870, or later, at the disctetion 
of the Committee on the Police. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, rep' rted in lavor of granting the petitions 
of. li. T. I. McDuff for leave to give'a musical en- 
tertainment at Mercantile Hall; of Wm. Bradford 
to exhibit the Arctic stert opticcn at the Tremont 
Temple; of the hussian Concert Troupe for leave 
to give a concert at Music Hall, Jan. 22; Thomas 
Cavanagh, for leave to exhibit a billiard match at 
Bumstead Hall. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the same Committee, 
reported in favor of a transfer of a license of an in- 
telligence office, and favorable on sundry petitions 
for licenses for sale of second hand articles, wagon 
stands, wagon licenses, hack stands, to keep a bil- 
liard saloon, an intelligence office, and as an auc- 
tioneer. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to 1 ui'd. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of the transfer of lease 
of Stall .No. 87 and Cellar 16 Faneuil Hall Market. 
Accepted. 

CONTESTED ELECTION. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee to whom 
was reared She, notification. qA' C&ttUjs- Uicjiacd- 



JAN UARY 1 7 



18 7 



14 



son contesting the seat of Robert Cowdin, made a 
report, that the contestant having rested the evi- 
dence ol his right on a recount, of the votes cast 
at the last municipal election, the Committee ob- 
tained the original ballots and made a careful 
count, with the following result: 
Ward. Cowdin. Richardson. 

1 490 047 

2 1437 340 

3 799 338 

4 315 520 

5 085 278 

299 089 

7 793 182 

6 405 490 

9 387 453 

10 5*5 7*0 

11 437 7*4 

1* 477 840 

13 537 292 

14 200 0t5 

15 652 810 

10 348 704 



8812 



8700 



There were two votes for Mr. Kichardson not 
rightly designated, and one for Mr. Cowdin. It 
appeared, therefore, that Mr. Kichardson was not 
entitled to the seat occupied by Kobert Cowdin. 

The reporr was accepted. 

Aldeiman Pierce, from the Committee to con- 
sider and report what disposition should be made 
of the several portions of the .Mayor's Address, re- 
ported two oruers, one of which related to matters 
appropriately referred to Standing Committees, 
and the other was as follows: 

Ordered, That so much of the Mayor's Address 
as relates to the establishment of additional bu- 
reaus for the transaction of city business be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ordinances; so much 
as relates to a reorganization of the Assessors' De- 
partment to the Joint Committee on the Assessors' 
Department ; so much as relates to voting lists to 
jhe Committee on Legislative Matters; so much 
as relates to the appointment of a Fire Marshal, to 
the Committee on Legislative Business; so much 
as relates to a continuance of the payments of 
State aid to soldiers, sailors, and their families, 
to the Committee on Legislative Business; so 
much as relates to the subject of a public building 
act, to the Committee on Legislative Business ; so 
much as relates to the encroachments upon the 
flats and channels of Charles river, to the Commit- 
tee on Legislative Business; so much as relates to 
the application to the Legislature for authority to 
take land for purposes of a public park, to the Com- 
mittee on Legislative Business; so much as relates 
to a new hospital for the insane, and the purchase 
of Kainsford Island, to the Committee on Public 
Institutions; so much as relates to changes in the 
buildings used by the Fire Department, to the 
Committee on Public Buildings. 

The report was accepted and the orders were 
passed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That the papers in relation to the re- 
paving of the roadway and sidewalks of Ferdinand 
street be taken from the tiles and referred to the 
Committee on Paving. 

On motion of Aldeiman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel a portion of Yarmouth 
street, west of Columbus avenue, so that the water 
pipes can be laid in said street, at an estimated 
cost of Hr500. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
on Paving, to number or renumber any street, 
court, or place within the city limits, whenever in 
the opinion of said committee the public conven- 
ience will be promoted thereby. 

Or lered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grant permits to open the streets in 
accordance with the ninth and tenth sections of 
the ordinances relating to streets. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
on Paving, to contract from time to time fur the 
purchase and exchange of horses, the supply of 
hay, grain, paving stones, gravel and other mate- 
rials for the operations of the paving department 
during the present municipal year. 



Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
ou Paving, to grant permits for moving buildings 
through the public streets of the city. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to set the edgestones,when furnished by 
the abutters on any of the public streets of the 
city, and pave tlu gutters on said streets when 
deemed expedient by the Committee on Paving. 

Ordered, that the Committee on Ordinances con- 
sider and report what legislation is necessary to 
prevent the posting of other advertisements and 
notices over the bill boards of the theatres and 
other places ol amusement. 

On motion of Al lerman Braman. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Health be 
authorized during the present municipal year to 
make contracts, subject to the supervision ol the 
Committee on Health, lor the purchase of such 
quantities of hay or grain, and tor such horses as 
his department uiav Horn time to time require; 
also for such material as shall be required for the 
use of this department. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be and he is 
hereby authorized to discharge me mortgage on 
Lot No. 9 Chester street, given to the city uy Jo- 
seph D. Roberts, and recorded with Suffolk Deeds, 
lib. 053, f 01.133, the note lor which such mortgage 
was given having been fully paid. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt. 

Ordered, That the petition of James Rice, Register 
of Deeds, and Oeorge T. Bigelow and others m aid 
of the same, for the better accommodation lor the 
registry o^ deeds for Suffolk county, be taken from 
the tiles and referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings on the part of this Board. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Mrs. Eliza G. 
Weed $8299 for land taken and damages oc- 
casioned, including grade damages, by the widen- 
ing of Eliot street, by a resolve of Dec. 31, 1809, to 
be charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Kobert B. Brig- 
ham .$19,010 for land taken and damages occasioned 
including grade damages, by the widening of Eliot 
street, by a resolve of Dec. 31, 1809, to be charged 
to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Samuel Jennison, 
Executor of the will of Mary L. Jennison, $9230 50, 
for land taken from and damages occasioned, in- 
cluding grade damages, to the estates of Mary L. 
Jennison on Eliot street, by the widening of said 
street, by a resolve of December 31, 1»09, to be 
charged io the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Wm. Doran $6000 
for his estate, numbered 22 on Hamilton street, 
surrendered to the city and taken by an order of 
the City Council September 10, 1809, the said Doran 
paying all taxes heretofore assessed upon said 
estate, to be charged to the Fort Hill improve- 
ment Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Thomas Minns, 
agent for the heirs of Nathaniel Parker, the sum 
of $24.50, for additional land damages to their es- 
tate numbered 122 Purchase street, effected by the 
widening and grading of that street, by a resolve 
of July 23, 1809, to be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the proprietors of 
Boston Pier, or the Long Wharf, $67,890 for land 
taken and damages occasioned by the laying out 
of Atlantic avenue, by a resolve of December 18, 
1808, to be charged to the Atlantic Avenue Loan. 

Ordered, That there be purchased in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the laying out and 
grading of Hartford street, of Sarah W. Boardman 
and others, their estate No. 7 Purchase street, for 
the sum of $3800, to be charged to the Fort Hill 
Improvement Loan, upon their giving the city a 
deed for the same, satisfactory to the City Solici- 
tor the said Boardman and others paying all taxes 
heretofore assessed upon the said estate. 

v/hereas, the proprietors of the Boston Pier, or 
the Long Vv^harf, and the Central Wharf and West 
Dock corporation, having been severally duly noti- 
fied by orders passed by the Board of Aldermen, 
Oct. 4, 1869, in accordance with chapter 181 of the 
acts of the Legislature of 1869, to nil respectively 
the portions ol their several docks west of Atlantic 
avenue, before the 1st of January, 1870, and where- 
as said corporations have each neglected to comply 
with said orders or notifications ; it is therefore 
hereby - 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Laying Out 
and Widening of Streets be and they hereby axe 



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BOARD OF AL-DERMEN. 



au horlzed to til) said portions of eaid docks in the 
manner prescribed by Bald act, and ihat the ex- 
pense thereof shall be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement Loan, and assessed upon the owners of 
th? said docks, respectively. 

Ordered, That a special committee of three be 
appointed, consisting of the Chairman of the 
Committee on streets, Paving and Sewers, to take 
charge of all unfinished business relating to mat- 
ters between the Boston & Albany Hailroad Co. 
and the city, and to report thereon to this Board. 

DORCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Alderman Hawes ofieied the following < rder: 
Ordered, 'lhat engine companies numbered 16, 
17, 18, 19, 'j.0, and 21, and hook and ladder compa- 
nies numbered U and 7, as now organized, be adopt- 
ed us part of the Fire Department, and th: t the sev- 
eral members thereof Lc paid at the same rates as 
other numbers of the department of similar rank 
and grade are paid, and that such payment be 
made fr< m the 3d day of January instant. 

Alderman Talbot asked for information on the 
subject, whether there would be much occasion for 
calling out the membcis connected with these 



companies, for he supposed there were but few 
fires in that section ol the city. 

Alderman Cowdin wished to hear from the Al- 
deiman from Ward 10. 

Aldei'.nan Fierce said he knew cf no reason why 
the firemen in that section of the city should not 
be paid as are the other tinmen; they are organ- 
ized on the same principle, and held for service in 
the same manner, under the supervision of the offi- 
cers of the department, as the firemen of the city 
proper. 

Alderman Hawes stated that one of the compa- 
nies neaiest to Koxbuiy was required to attend the 
tires in Roxbury, and that which was nearest to 
South Boston was required to go there. 

Alderman Talbot said he would not for one mo- 
ment require less to be paid for the same duty but 
he supposed these firemen were not required to do 
so much duty there as here, and did not remain 
in th°ir houses all night. If they were not c; ll?d 
out of the ward .heir duties would be much liehter. 

'the order was read a second time, when Alder- 
man Connor expressed a wish for delay on a mi.tter 
which was new. So the order was laid over. 

Adjourned. 



10 



COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

JANUARY 20, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at !}:> o'clock, Mel- 
ville E. Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS KHOM THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

Notice of the petition relative to the annexation 
of Medford to Boston, and petitions for appoint- 
ments as Harbor Master and for other purposes, 
were severally referred in concurrence. 

A message from the Mayor, that he has appoint- 
ed Francis Richards Commissioner on Church 
Street District, was read and ordered to be placed 
on hie; also the notice of appointment of members 
of the Common Council as special police officers, 
without pay. 

The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order for the Committee on Ordinances to report 
what legislation is needed to prevent other adver- 
tisements from being placed over the bill-boards 
of places of amusement. 

Report and order referring to appropriate com- 
mittees the several topics in the Mayor's Ad- 
dress. 

The order to purchase the estate of Sarah W. 
Boardman and others in settlement of damages for 
laying out and grading Hartford street, at $3800, 
was read once. 

Messrs. Squires of Ward 8, Seaverns of Ward 14, 
ami (iiblin of Ward 7, were joined to the commit- 
tee to nominate Consulting Physicians. 

DIRECTORS FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

The report nominating candidates to represent 
the City Council on the Board of Directors for Pub- 
lic Institutions was accepted, and the Council pro- 
ceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Hall of Ward 1, Kingsbury of Ward 15 
and Smith of Ward 10 were appointed a committee 
to count the votes, and reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 57 

Necessary to a choice 29 

Albert S. Pratt (Alderman) 57 

Albert Gay (Council) 32 

William Woolley (Council) 29 

Samuel Talbot, Jr. (Council) 27 

William M. Flanders (Council) 25 

Alderman Pratt was elected in concurrence, and 
Messrs. Woolley and Gay in non-concurrence. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 11, from the Committee on 
Elections, to whom was referred the paper signed 
by G. W. Williams and Benjamin F. Dyer, dated 
December 29, 1869, stating that they should contest 
the election of William J. Smith as a member of 
the Common Council from Ward 10, made a report, 
that as it does not appear from anything referred 
to the Committee that Mr. Smith's seat is contest- 
ed, no further action is necessary on the part of 
the Common Council. The report was accepted. 

The same Committee, to whom was referred the 
notification of Frederic M. Briggs and Isaac F. At- 
wood that they claimed the seats in the Common 
Council now occupied by James Devine and Pat- 
rick H. Rogers of Ward 15, made a report that the 
contestants having rested the evidence of their 
claim to the seats on a recount of the votes cast at 
the last municipal election, the original ballots in 
the possession of the City Clerk were recounted by 
the Committee with the following result: 

James Devine had 546 

Patrick H. Rogers 529 



Frederic M. Briggs 480 

Isaac F. Atwoocl 474 

Mr. Atwood 1 

It appears, therefore, that Frederic M. Briggs 
and Isaac F. Atwood are not entitled to the seats 
which they claim. Accepted. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward 6, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Public Buildings, to whom was 
relerred the petition of the First Light Battery, 
that repairs be made upon their armory, made a 
report that they have examined the premises and 
find that the cellar and drains are in a bad condi- 
tion, and that repairs are needed upon other parts 
of the building. They would therefore respectful- 
ly recommend the passage of the following order: 

Ordered, That the superintendent ol Public 
Buildings be authorized to make the necessary 
repairs upon the First Light Battery aimory, the 
expense thereof to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Public Buildings. 

The order was read obce. 

PETITION. 

Augustus Barrett, for compensation for injuries 
received by an alleged defect in Commercial street. 
Referred to the Committee on Claims. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2 offered the following 
order : 

Ordered, That a special committee of three, with 
such as the Board of Aldermen may join, be ap- 
pointed to consider and report upon the expedi- 
ency of purchasing a steam tug for the use of the 
Harbor Police and the Fire Department, in accord- 
ance with the recommendation of His Honor the 
Mayor in his Inaugural Address. 

Mr. Wells of Waird 3 stated that this subject more 
appropriately belonged to the Committee on the 
Fire Department, and moved its reference to that 
committee. 

Carried by a vote of 24 to 23. 

On motion of Mr. Learnard of Ward 11, 

Ordered, That , with such as the Board of 

Aldermen may join, be a committee to submit for 
the consideration of the City Council a salary bill 
for the ensuing year. 

Messrs. Learnard of Ward 11, Flanders of Ward 
5 and Barnes of Ward 1 were appointed the com- 
mittee on the part of the Council. 

On motion of Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7, 

Ordered, That a committee of three,with such as 
the Board of Aldermen may join, be a committee 
to investigate the recent fraudulent transaction in 
the office of the Treasurer of the city of Boston, 
and that they have power to send for persons and 
papers. 

Messrs. O'Connor of Ward 7, Sayward of Ward 
16, and Hull of Ward 4, were appointed on the 
committee. 

On motion of Mr. Bonner of Ward 2, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be requested 
to petition the Legislature now in session for a 
change in the present settlement laws of this 
State, so that the authorities of our cities and 
towns may be better enabled to assist their deserv- 
ing poor. 

Messrs. Bradt of Ward 14, Woods of Ward 12 
and Doherty of Ward 2 were appointed a commit- 
tee, to be joined, to nominate Overseers of the 
Poor. 

Mr. Wilkins of Ward 9 offered an order for the 
appointment of a committee to tender the hospi- 
talities of the city to Prince Arthur, on his pro- 
posed visit here. 

On motion of Mr. Bishop of Ward 7, the order 
was indefinitely postponed. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 offered an order for the ap- 
pointment of a Standing Committee on Paving on 
the part of the Common Council. 

The Chair ruled the motion out of order and not 
to be entertained except under an amendment of 
the rules relating to Standing Committees. 

Adjourned. 



17 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 

JAM'AliV 24, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtleff presiding. 

x> in,',, is MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special Police ( ifficers without pay— Frederick A. 
i'.ei-i •!!•;, street Church ; James W. 
Dean, al No. 7 Green street, 
i ndertaker— George A. Willard. 

I CITIONS RESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Albert J. Wright and 354 others, owners of real 

estate and < 1 > ■ i i i -a miMiiess in boston, for the hiving 
out, widening and extension <>t Tremont street 
from Boylston street to Cragie's bridge, through 
Tremont row, Court, Green and Leverett streets, 

Cyrus Wakefield and 657 others, owners of real 
estate and business men, lor the extension of 
Washington street to Haymarket square, on the 
plan passed by the Board of Aldermen in Decem- 
ber. 1869. 

Jacob Hall, A. M. Giles and 103 others, taxpayers 
and owners of real estate, tor the c xtension of 
Atlantic avenue through the line of Prince street 
to Charlestown bridge. 

Thomas Wigglesworth, Blake Brothers & Co., 
Horati < Harris and 303 others, merchants and 
bankers, for the extension of Devonshire street to 
Dock square. 

Alvin Adams, Cyrus Wakefield and others, for 
the extension of Devonshire street to Dock square 
(taken from the files of last year). 

Henry D. Hyde and others, that Columbus ave- 
nue be extende 1 to Park square. 

.Nathaniel B. Doggett, for apportionment of Tre- 
mont street betterments. 

Win. H. .Spencer and others, that Trumbull street 
be accepted. 

Joseph -N ickerson , that Webber s treet lie widened 
where he intends to build. 

P. O'-Beirne, that Circuit street be accepted as a 
public way. 

Nathaniel 1*. Smith, for payment of damages 
from the neglect in finishing Oliver street. 

Thomas Bancroft and others, for payment of 
damages from neglect in finishing Oliver street. 

Timothy Ryan, for apportionment of betterment 
on Federal street. 

Nathaniel Whiting and W. G. Lincoln, severally 
for payment of damages for neglect in finishing 
Oliver street. 

W. F. Lynch that Dexter and Ellery streets may- 
be accepted. 

Joseph T. Ryan for the laying out of Trask place 
as a public highway. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Boston Police Department for the use of Faneuil 
Hall Feo. 9, for a levee. Referred to Committee on 
Faneuil Hall. 

Daniel Denny and others, that Edward P. Mc- 
Nulty be appointed to take charge of a portion of 
the public squares. Referred to Committee on 
Common and Squares. 

Co. F, Ninth Regiment of Infantry, for a suitable 
armory. Referred to Committee oh Armories. 

Natlvl Emerson and others, members of the Po- 
lice Department, for an increase of pay. Referred 
to Committee on Salaries. 

Susan A. Katzman, for leave to place a step in 
trout of her house, No. 107 Everett street. 

Wm. Brown and others, that the grades of Fabin 
and lvanhoe streets be raised. 

Josephus Morton and others that the grade of 
Canton street between Shaw mut avenue and Tre- 
mont street be raised. 

Thomas Gaffield, that Lamartine street be 
graded. 

Daniel Reed and others, that Bainbridge street 
be graded. 

Pearson, Bros. & Co. and others, that a plank 
silewalk be laid in Norfolk avenue. 

Calvin Swallow and others, that West Chester 
a.enue be graded. 

C. H. Pierce, for the construction of a street al- 
ready laid out in Ward 10 as Newhall street. 

Samuel F. Baehelder and others, that Federal 
street from Summer street to Milton be called Dor- 
chester aveuue. 



L. H. Jones & Co. anil others, for the removal of 
the track of the old Colony & .Newport Railroad 
( lompany rom Sixth street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Charlotte E. Baker, that the money paid on a lot 
of land purchased for her on Pembroke street may 
be refunded. Referred to the Committee on Pub- 
lic Lands. 

J. W. F. Hobl s and others, that a sewer be laid 
in T umbull stn et . 

Charles McBamey and others, that the course 
and depth of stony Brook may be changed. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Edward Houghton, for a fruit stand at the cor- 
ner of Hanover and Court streets. 

li' Kerrigan, for a fruit stand at the corner of 
Hanovei and Richmond streets. 

Frederick L. smith, for leave to keep a billiard 
tal le at 26 Maverick square. 

severally referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

A. Bowers, Portland street, between Traverse and 
Causeway streets; Thomas Davana, George street, 
between Magazine and Hampden streets : C.Bowker, 
Myrtle street, between Revere and Grove streets; 
Lewis Earie, Kendall street; Matthias De Bock, 
217 Eighth street; W. E. Blan chard, St. James 
street; Russell Scott, Thornton street, near Shaw- 
mut avenue; M. T. & William Glynn, Seventh 
street, between E and F streets; Henry Law, 91 & 
93 Marginal street; Andrew Spence, corner of 
Dorchester and Eighth streets; lvenney, Calder & 
Co., Eutaw street; E. B. Hine, 59 Tremont street; 
Lynch & Glazier, George street, between Magazine 
and Langdon streets; Jarvis W. Dean, George, be- 
tween Magazine and Langdon streets; James H. 
L'pham, Boston street, near Albright court (Dor- 
chester); John L. Geddes, Atlantic street, between 
Fourth and Thomas streets: W. H. Bond, Seventh 
street, between B and C streets; Baker & Camp- 
bell, Franklin place; Thomas Foy, corner of Wes- 
ton and Newbern streets; William Gentleman. 
N'os. 49 and 51 Pembroke street; A. Bowker, Conant 
street, near Parker street; Wilson & Drake, Marion 
street, between Trenton and Lexington streets; F. 
D. Osgood, Shawmut avenue, near Cedar street; J. 
P. McKay, Brooks avenue (Dorchester); Thomas 
W. Tuttle, Wesley avenue (Dorchester); R. Barton, 
rear 34 Yeoman street. Severally referred to the 
Committee on Streets. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

An order to establish the rates of pay for Dor- 
chester firemen was considered. 

Alderman Talbot stated that it appeared by the 
a't of annexation of Dorchester to Boston, that 
the Dorchester Fire Department becomes a part of 
the Boston Fire Department, and is entitled to 
the same pay. It would, therefore, be superfluous 
to pass the order. On his motion it was referred 
to the Committee on Fire Department. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of Augusta Barnett was referred in 
concurrence. 

Aldermen Talbot and Connor were joined to the 
Committee on a Salary bill. 

On the order for a special committee to investi- 
gate frauds in the office of the City Treasurer, 

Alderman Cowdin moved to amend by substitut- 
ing in the order the joint standing coriunittee on 
the Treasury Department, which was carried. 

The order for a joint committee to ni minate 
Overseers of the Poor was passed, and Aldermen 
Braman and Jenkins were joined. 

The order for the .Mayor to petition the Legisla- 
ture for a change in tlie poor laws was passed in 
concurrence. 

DIRECTORS OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

An election of Directors of Public institutions 
resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Wm. M. Flanders 9 

Samuel Talbot, jr 7 

Wm. Woolley •. 5 

Albert Hay 3 

Messrs. Flanders and Talbot were again elected, 
in non-concurrence. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of the petition to exhibit 
the "Cardiff Giant;" also of the Grand Army of 
the Republic, for leave to give a concert in Insti- 
tute Hall, January 25; and Russian Concert Troupe 
for l^ave to give concerts at the Music Hall, Janu- 
ary 25 and 29. Severally accepted. 



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Alderman Carpenter also reported in favor of 
licenses to 306 minors; 156 as newsboys, 39 as boot- 
blacks, 6 to sell shoe-lacings, 2 each to sell elastics 
and confectionery, and 1 to sell blackiag. Accept- 
ed. 

Also licesses as a victualler, to keep an intelli- 
gence office, a billiard table, wagon licenses, wag- 
on stands, and transfer of a wagon license. Sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Buildings, made a report 
that (here will be ne ded to meet the balance due 
the contractors for building Engine Houses Aos. 2 
and :;, Dorchester, the sum of s-3000 for the former 
and tf^OOD for the last named. The Committee, 
line, ask that said sums be provided for the 
purpose. 

Referred to the Committee on Finance. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Joint Special 
Committee to whom was referred the petition of 
the Host! m & Lynn Union Horse Railroad Com- 
pany, for the acceptance of the charter, made a 
report, recommending the passage of the accom- 
panying order: 

Ordered, That the act incorporating the Boston 
& 1. vim I Dion Railway Company passed by the 
(,en ral Court of Massachusetts, June 12, 1869, be 
and the same is hereby accepted by the City Coun- 
cil of Boston. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee on the 
Fire Department, to whom was referred an ordi- 
nance in relation to the Fire Department, striking 
out in line 5, section 30, page 242, amended audi- 
ences, the words "annually or," reported that the 
same ought to i ass. The report was accepted, and 
the ordinance was referred to the Committee on 
Ordinances in concurrence. 

Alderman Braman, from the special committee 
to whom was referred the petition of J. H. Roberts 
and others, that the votes cast for ward officers in 
Ward 3, at the last municipal election, may be re- 
counted, made a report that in accordance with 
the request of the petitioners, the original ballots 
in the possession of the City Clerk were recount- 
ed, with the following result: 

Warden— John E. Parker, CG5; T. B. Wells, 536; 
Thus. l\ Wells, 59; Briggs Mann, 8; Thomas 
Wells. 1. 

Clerk— Geo. H. Appleton, 786; Wm. H. Cook, 
:;17; Wm. F.Cook, 59; Geo. F. Weston, 47; George 
E. A ; i(d' ton, 12; Geo. Appleton, 7; 1'. H. Smith, 
John McBride, Win. Devine, 1 each. 

Inspectors— G. H. W. Bates. 598; Stephen D. Sal- 
mon, Jr., 075; T. J. Anderson, 532; W. V Hill, 531; 
James Mills, 476; W. R. Whitney, 357; James C. 
Huston, 350; Thos. R. Jacobs, 338"; D. L. Ware, 350; 
R. L. Spear, 343: A. R, Holdeu, Jr., 317; Samuel 
Marsh, 200; (ieo. A. Littletield, 203; M.Foley, 
2B0: 1'. H. smith, 234; Samuel B. Marsh, 01 ; A. R. 
H olden, 61; Wm. A. Hopkins, 01; (ieo. E. Little- 
field, 53; E. F. Clapp. Harlan 1\ Barber, 48 each; 
Geo. \\ . Wheeler, 47; John EL smith, D. W. 
1'hipps, 40 each; C. F. Keef, 41 ; John Daly, 9; (ieo. 
A. Williams, Samuel Valentine, 8 each; D. G. 
Ware, John Tuckney, 7 each; Stephen D. Salmon, 
2; S. Marsh, C. Mills, 1 each. It appeared, there- 
fore, that the persons who received certilicates of 
election were entitled to them. 

The report was accepted. 

ORDEBS OF NOTICE. 

On petition of E. P. Marvin for leave to place a 
steam boiler in cellar of No. 4 Province court. 
lie- mg Monday, Feb. 14. 4 P. M. 

On petitions of Emanuel Downing, for leave to 
build a stable on Prince street; of James W. Bos- 
ton, for a stable on Franklin place; and of A.J. 
Tibbets, for a stable on Strafford street. Hearings 
Monday, Jan. 31,4 P. 31. 

On petition for removal cf tracks of Metropolitan 
Railroad Co. from Brattle street. Hearing Mon- 
day, Feb. 14, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed laying out of Boylston street 
between Berkeley and Clarendon streets. Hearing 
Monday, Feb. 0, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed widening of Hanover and Court 
streets at their junction. Hearing, Monday, Feb. 
0,4P.M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, That Alfred T. Turner be and he is 
hereby appointed clerk. for the Board of Accounts 
of Suffolk county, and that said clerk be directed 



to examine and audit all bills against said county 
for the keeping of the jail. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent under the di- 
rection of the Committee on Lamps be and he is 
hereby authorized to employ such assistance in 
his office as may be necessary, the expense to be 
charged to the appropriation to the Lamp Depart- 
ment. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Cochituate Water Board be 
requested to consider the expediency of causing 
all service pipes hereafter laid to be constructed 
in such a manner as to permit the water to be shut 
off beneath the sidewalk, instead of the roadway, 
as at present. 

Ordered, That the Board establish the grade of . 
Eliot street between Pleasant street and Washing- 
ton street, as shown on a plan made by the City 
Surveyor, dated Jan. 24, 1870, approved by the 
Committee on Paving, and deposited in the office 
of said City Surveyor, 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer be authorized 
to submit the annual report of the Fire Depart- 
ment in print. 

On motion of Alderman Jacobs, 

Ordered, That the list of jurors in this city, who 
are qualified to serve in the several Courts of the 
county of Suffolk, be revised by this Board and be 
posted in the City Hall and Court House, and bo 
thereafterwards submitted to the Common Coun- 
cil for revision and acceptance, pursuant to law. 

On motion of Alderman Connor, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to procure plans and estimates 
for a primary schoolhouse, two stories in height, 
with three rooms on each floor, to be locateu on 
the lot of land recently purchased by the city for 
the purpose, on the corner of sixth and I streets, 
South Boston, said plans to be approved ly the 
Committee on Public Instruction. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting of 
two on the part of the Board of Aldermen, with 
such as the Common Council may join, be appoint- 
ed to consider and report upon the propriety of 
erecting a suitable monument to commemorate 
the heroic services of those citizens of Boston who 
fell in defence of the Union in the late war of the 
rebellion. 

Aldermen Cowdin and Carpenter were appointed 
the committee on the part ol this Board. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Health be 
instructed to deliver ten loads of ashes in front of 
the primary schoolhouse in Trask place. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Police be re- 
quested to report as soon as practicable whether 
any changes are needed in the organization of the 
Police Department, to promote its efficiency. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Mary S. Dennie, 
wife of James Dennie, the sum of #0884 for land 
taken and damages occasioned — including grade 
damages — by the widening of Eliot street, under a 
resolve of Dec. 31, 1809, to be charged to the Eliot 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Charles A.Welch 
$7275 for land taken and damages occasioned — in- 
cluding grade damages — by the widening of Eliot 
street, under a resolve of Dec. 31, 1869, to be 
charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Charles H. Bacon 
S41,177 for land taken and damages occasioned — in- 
cluding grade damages — by the widening of Eliot 
street, under a resolve of Dec. 31, 1809, to be 
charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Daniel K. Pick- 
ering S7279 for land taken and damages occasioned 
—including grade damages — by the widening of 
Eliot street, under a resolve of Dec. 31, 1869, to be 
charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Orders for the apportionment of betterments 
assessed on George Howe for the widening of Dev- 
onshire street, and on Eber Parker, John Shea, 
Alden L. Drake and Timothy Ryan for the widen- 
ing of Federal street, were severally passed. 

Orders of notice to quit were passed to Harvey 
D. Parker and all others on the line of widening of 
Hanover street, and on heirs of Caroline M. Dehon 
and all others on the line of widening of Eliot 
street, requiring them to vacate their premises 
and surrender their land on or before the 1st day 
of April next. 

An order-was also passed to meet the jail requi- 
sition for 12370 39. 

Adjourned to Monday next, at i P. M. 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Common Council, 

JANUARY 27, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 1% o'clock, Mel- 
ville B. Ingalls, President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Nathaniel Emerson and others' 
police officers, for increase of pay, and of Char- 
lotte E. Baker, were referred, in concurrence. 

The order for the Chief-Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment to submit his report in print was read 
once. 

The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order to procure plans and estimates for a two- 
story schoolhouse, to be located corner of Sixth 
and J stre< ts, on land purchased for the purpose. 

Order to accept the act of incorporation of the 
Boston & Lynn Union Railway Company. 

The order' lor the Water Board to consider the 
expediency of the service pipes being made so 
that the water can be shut oft' beneath the side- 
walks instead of the roadways, was referred to the 
( onimitte on Water. 

The reference to the Committee on Finance, of a 
requ< st of the Committee on Public Buildings for 
an additional appropriation of $3000 for the com- 
pletion of Engine House No. 2, and $2000 fur En- 
gine House No. 3 in Dorchester, was concurred in. 

The amendment to order relative to the recent 
fraudulent transaction in the City Treasurers 
Office, bv substituting the Joint Standing Commit- 
tee on the Treasury Department instead of a special 
committee, being under consideration, 

Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7, as the mover of the 
original order, said he did not care what commit- 
tee made the investigation, provided it was made 
to the satisfaction of the taxpayers. 

The amendment was concurred in. 

The order for a special committee to consider 
and report on the propriety of erecting a suitable 
memorial to commemorate the services of those 
citizens of Boston who fell in the late civil war, was 
taken up. 

Mr. smith of Ward 10 moved that it be laid on 
the table. Carried, by a vote of 25 to 12. 

The certificate of the election of Messi s. Flanders 
and Talbot, as Directors for Public Institutions, 
instead of Messrs. Woolley and Cay, was read, 
when on motion of Mr. Cray of Ward 12, the elec- 
tion was postponed one week. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The, following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order to make the necessary repairs on the 
Armory of the First Battery. 

( irder to purchase the estate of S. W. Boardman 
and other-, in settlement ol damages for the lay- 
ing out and grading of Hartford street, at a cost 
of thirty-eight bundled dollars. 
PETITION. 

Trustees of Roxbury Latin School, for a grant of 
$2000 in aid of the maintenance of that' school. 
Referred to the Committee on 1'ublic Instruction. 

si I FOLK STREET DISTRICT. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8, from the joint special 
committee appointed to consider the expediency 
of abating the nuisance caused by impaired drain- 
age in the Suffolk Street District, so called, by ex- 
ercising the special powers conferred upon the 
City Government by chapter 277 of the acts of the 
year 1868, submitted the following report : 

The situation of this territory and its condition 
with respect to drainage were fully described in a 
report presented to the last City Council, and as 
copies of that report will be furnished to the mem- 
bers of the present City Council, the Committee do 
not consider it necessary to repeat the statements 
On rein made. 

The plans recommended were substantially in 
:!' nee with those carried out <>n the Church 
street District, and are Btated briefly as follows: 



1 To take all the territory described in chapter 

277 of the acts of the vear 1si;h, with the buildings 
and oth r fixtures thereon, in tha manner author- 
ized by said act. 

2. To raise the streets and places on said terri- 
tory to the grade shown on a plan made by the City 
Surveyor. 

3. To lay out and widen certain streets and 
places on the district after the taking, as shown on 
a plan made by the City Surveyor. 

4. To till the cellars, back yards, and vacant lots 
to the grade of twelve feet above mean low water. 

5. To raise and underpin such of the buildings 
on the district as it may be found expedient. 

(!. To re-lay water pipes, sewers, and edgestones, 
and pave the streets and sidewalks. 

7. To provide for the appointment of a Joint 
Committee of the City Council to have charge of 
the work to be performed, with authority to ap- 
point one or more persons to act under their di- 
rection. 

8. To re-convey to the former owners the estates 
(or such portions as are not required for streets or 
other purposes), after the nuisance lias been abat- 
ed; provided., said former owners will put the 
buildings in proper condition for raising, make all 
necessary repairs upon them, after the raising and 
underpinning, and make no claim upon the city 
for damages. 

The estimates of the expense of carrying out this 
plan are very large; "out, after a careful examina- 
tion of the subject, there appears to be no other 
plan by which a permanent improvement can be 
effected more economically. A considerable por- 
tion of the cost of widening and extending certain 
streets on the territory, as shown on the plan of 
the City Surveyor, can be assessed upon the prop- 
erty before it is reeonveyed. 

As the above proposition in regard to the recon- 
veyance of estates might not be properly under- 
stood bv the owners, this committee, in recom- 
mending the adoption substantially of the plan of 
improvement presented in City Document No. 105 
of last vear, would modify the eighth section so as 
to provide that the reconveyances be made subject 
to the payment of such assessments for benefit 
from widening and extending streets or filling 
vacant lands, or any other acts of the city, as the 
committee having charge of the matter should 
deem expedient. 

If this work is to be done, it is highly important 
for the interests of the city and the owners and 
occupants of the territory that there should be no 
delay in entering upon it. Considerable time will 
necessarily be consumed in making an apprisal of 
the actual' value of the property, which cannot he 
done until it is taken, and in making the contracts 
for filling the territory and raising and underpin- 
ning the buildings, so that, unless prompt action 
is taken, the work will not be fairly begun before 
it is interfered with by cold weather next fall. 

The Committee would respectfully recommend 
the adoption of the accompanying instrument 
taking the lands, with the buildings and other fix- 
tures thereon, as authorized by the General Court, 
and also the orders appended thereto. 

The orders authorize the city to purchase or oth- 
erwise take all the lands embraced within the sec- 
tion bounded by Pleasant, Washington, Dover and 
Tremont Streets, specifying the several estates; 
also authorize the Joint Special Committee on the 
Suffolk street District to contract for the filling of 
the territory, raising and underpining the build- 
ings, appoint one or more persons to superintend 
the work, and that the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow $500,000 to be applied for the purpose. 

The report is signed by all the members of the 
Committee. 

Keadby its title, laid on the table and ordered to 
be printed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Brown of Ward 2, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Legislative 
Business be instructed to appear before the Legis- 
lative Committee on Harbor in behalf of the in- 
terests of the city, in relation to the proposed new 
avenue between Boston and ("narlestown. 

Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 14 offered an order for 
the appointment of a special committee, with such 
as the Board of Aldermen may join, to consider 
and report what change, if any. is necessary in the 
ordinance prescribing the number o: Assistant En- 
gineers of the Fire Department, in consequence of 
the annexation of Dorchester. 



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On motion of Mr. Williams of Ward 13, the Com- 
mittee on Fire Department was substituted for a 
special committee, and as amended the order was 
passed. 

On motion of Mr. Wilkins of Ward 9, an order 
was passed for the payment of bills for services 
rendered by persons connected with the City Gov- 
ernment. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 offered an amendment to 
the rules and orders to provide for a Committee on 
1'aving of the Common Council. 

< in a suggestion of Mr. Gray of Ward 12 to make 
it a joint rule, it was replied that a concurrence 
would be required by the other branch, which they 
would not give. 

Mr. Gray believed there would be no harm in 
trying. 

After various suggestions and propositions to 
amend, the order was modified as follows: 

Ordered, That , with such as the Board of 

Aldermen may join, be a. joint special committee 
to consider the expediency of having Joint Stand- 



ing Committees on Streets, Common and Squares, 
Internal Health, Ferries, Fire Department, Paving, 
Lamps, Police, and Sewers, and that the said Joint 
Special Committee consider and report whether 
any changes are necessary in the Joint Kules and 
Orders of the City Council. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 moved that the order be laid 
on the table. Lost. 

On motion of Mr. Kyan of Ward 13, "Ferries" 
was struck out, being already provided for. 

Mr. Hall expressed the belief that the last clause 
of the order would answer all its purposes, with- 
out specifying the committees, for under it the 
committee could make all of the committees joint 
committees. A motion to amend by striking out 
all but the last clause was lost. 

The order was then passed, and Messrs. Bishop 
of Ward 7, Hall of Ward 1, Gray of Ward 12, Wells 
of Ward 3, and Tucker of Ward 6, were appointed 
the committee on the part of the Council. 

Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 31, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held thi8 afternoon, at 4 o'clock, May- 
or shurtleff presiding., 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Twelve traverse jurors were drawn for the Supe- 
rior Court, criminal term. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE A1TD CONFIRMED. 

Special Police officers, without pay— 'Ihomas H 
Rice, in place of John VV. Blatchford, :it Morgan 
Chapel; Wm. H. Knight, in place of T. B. Waite, 
at the Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad Depot. 

A large number of appointments of officeis in 
the Fire Department, recommended for approval 
by the engineers of the Fire Department, weie sub- 
mitted to the Board. 

Alderman Talbot hoped the question would not 
be taken on confirmation at this time, as there had 
been some complaints heretofore that improper 
appointments had been made. Ke did not know 
but the names submitted were just those that 
should lie ; but, to avoid all ground for complaint, 
he moved a refeience of the list to the Committee 
on the Fire Department. 

Alderman Ha wes stated that it was understood 
these appointments were not made directly by the 
whole Board of Engineers, but by the engineer of 
the district under his special charge, each engineer 
making the claim of the appointment. He was in 
favor of the proposed reference. 

The motion was carried. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Samuel A. Way for apportionment of his Federal 
street betteiments. 

John L. Biul and others that Cottage street 
(Ward lii) may be widened and straightened. 

Win. W. story for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterment. 

Eben Cutler, that his Federal street assessment 
be apportioned. 

And. Kmerson and others that Lenox street 
may be widened. 

John Leukhardt for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterment. 

Charles A. Welch for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterments. 

Amos Cutler for apportionment of Federal street 
betterments. 

Thos. D. Dyer and others, for the widening of 
Board alley. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

B. B. Le'uchars and others that Clarendon street 
be graded from Appleton street to Columbus 
avenue. 

Sisters of Charity for abatement of assessment 
for sidewalk around the Carney Hospital estate. 

Reuben 1'. Homer and others that the name of 
Washington street in Ward 1G may remain un- 
changen. 

Win. Clark and others that Windsor ctreet mav 
be graded, &c. 

B. F. Bullard and others that Weston street be 
graded, &C. 

Aaron D. Webber to be paid for damages caused 
by change of grade of Harrison avenue and Bine 
street. 

Aaron H. Bean against any change of grade in 
Bainbridge street. 

Alexander Blaikie that a sidewalk be construct- 
ed on Chandler street between Berkeley and Fer- 
dinand streets. 

Thos. Gogin and others and Benjamin Hosley 
and others in aid of petitions that Federal street, 
from Summer street to Milton, be called Dorches- 
ter avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

F. M. Hines and other members of the Fire De- 
partment, against the passage of the proposed 
ordinance which will dispense with annual elec- 
tions of officers of companies. 

Howard Snelling and others, for a more uniform 
system of weighing and measuring coal. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Ordin- 
ancee. 



Lewis Wolf, for license as a pawnbroker at 72 
Lincoln street. Referred to the Committee on Li- 
censes. 

J. J. Williams, to be paid for damages caused by 
insufficient drainage on Middlesex street. 

Henry Blageman, to be paid for damages to 
houses Nos. 4J and 45 Suffolk street, by reason of 
insufficent drainage. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Suffolk 
Street District. 

Daniel W. Tarr, for modification of condition-: of 
sale of land on Worcester street. Beferred to 
Committee on Public Lands. 

Co. A, Ninth Infantry, for approval of armory at 
179 Court street. 

Co. F, Ninth Infantry, for approval of armory at 
17J Court street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Armories, 

Lemuel Burrill, for an appointment as an Inspec- 
tor of Lighters, &c. Referred to Committee on 
Nomina:ibn of Inspectors of Lighters. 

M.J. Lally, for appointment as Superintendent 
of D >ver S reet Bri Ige. Beferred to Committee on 
Nomination of superintendent. 

Thomas Gogin and others, against the pronosed 
conversion of a house on Woodward street into a 
stable. Referred to Committee on Health. 

F. A. Perry, to be paid for damages done to 
house No. t,4 Paris street, by construction of En- 
gine House No. 9. Beferred to Committee on Pub- 
lic Buildings. 

Jaui2s A. Healy and others, that assemblages of 
men and boys on the coiner of Harvard and Oak 
streets in the evening may be prevented. Beferred 
to the Committee on Police. 

Charles Burrill, that his claim against the city 
may be referred to disinterested persons, and Geo. 
B. Lfpton and others in aid of the same. On the 
proposed reference by the Mayor of the petition to 
the Committee on Claims, Alderman Talbot ex- 
pressed the wish that that committee should be ex- 
cused from again considering it, having spent a 
great amount of time on the subject. He moved 
that the petition be referredto a joint special com- 
mittee. The motion was carried, and Aldermen 
Cowdin and Braman were appointed the commit- 
tee on the part of the Board. 

The signers of the petition in aid of Mr. Bur- 
rill say: 

In view of the fact that the Committee on Claims 
have reported that Mr. Burrill has an equitable 
claim against the city, the undersigned, business 
men and tax payers, ask that the same may be set- 
tled and paid, and if the amount due him cannot 
be agreed upon, that disinterested referees may 
be authorized to fix the amount without further 
delay. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

John McElroy, Vernon street; M. M. McBarron, 
corner of Harrison avenue an. I D^dham street; C. 
Tilden, Jr., .Myrtle street, between Howard and 
Quincy streets; Daniel Simpson, Second street, 
between O and P streets; D. H. McKay, Cottage 
street, between Stoughton and Brook street; 
Michael Moore, corner of B and Fourth streets; 
John L. Tewksbury, 15 Monmouth street; Bourne 
& Leavitt, 221 Beacon street; also on Beacon be- 
tween Exeter and Fairfield streets; D. H. .McKay, 
East Dorchester avenue, between Vernon and 
Chestnut streets; David Hogan, corner of Sixth 
and C streets; H. B. Wenderinuth, Washington 
street, near Milton bridge; B. F. Colcord, Edgerly 
place; James Bentham, Chainpney street. Sever- 
ally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

QUARTERLY - RETORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF 
FANEUIL HALL MARKET. 

Cash received for rent of stalls $ 10.39G 50 

" " " cellars 5,280 00 

" for permanent outside stands 498 75 

Fees received for weighing at market 

scales 150 40 

Cash received for rent of stalls in new 

market 3030 00 

Cash received for rent of cellar in new 

market ;. 1462 50 

Cash from occupants for coal 332 00 

Cash for L. Austen's Stand 25 00 



§21,175 15 
All of which has been paid to the City Treasurer. 

REPORT OF THE CITY ENGINEER. 

The annual report cf the City Engineer was laid 
before the Board, in print, ami ordored to be sent 
down. 



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TIip report speaks of the separation of the offices 
of Engineei and Surveyoras working favorably. 
The appropriation was $12,000, of which there 
was an unexpended balance oi $3456 69. There 

was expended from Special appropriation $6397 10 
for water works, sn;i l 03 for paving, and $565 50 for 
Church Street District, making a total of $8613 63. 
The number of persons employed is 14, 5 at Chest- 
nut Hill reservoir. .Most of the report has refer- 
ence to the operations in connection with the 
water works, Atlantic avenue, the extension of 
Broadway, with a somewhat full description of the 
bridge across Fort Point channel, ana contains a 
list of the bridges maintained by the city, with a 
statement of their condition. There are fifteen of 
these bridges over water, ten of which have draws. 
fhere arc also nine bridges over railroads and 
highways. 

lil. OK ' OF THE CITY REGISTRAR. 

The undersigned respectfully reports that the 
number of certificates of intentions of marriage 
issued by him during the quarter ending January 
1st was 'l 083, for which he received. $541 .50, which 

sum he has paid into the < lity Treasury. The whole 
number of certificate? issued during this year was 
3874, an increase of 29G over the number issued dur- 
ing the year 18!58. 

The number of births reported during the year 
for registration was 7335, an increase of 233 over 
the number recorded in the previous year. 

The number of deaths in I8t>9 was 5522, an in- 
crease of three only over the number reported in 
1868. 

The usual detailed report will be presented to 
the City Council at an early day. 

S. A. APOIiLONIO, 

City Registrar. 
Head and sent down. 

EAST BOSTOK FKKHV COMPA2TY. 

'lhe annual statement of the East Boston Ferry 
Company was laid before the Board. 

The total expenses in 1869 were $152,656 43. Of 
these there were for wages and salaries, $52,714 09; 
coal, $4631 tons, $38,792 09; interest on bonds and 
notes, MO, 787 15; repairs of boats and machinery, 
$20,691 0i>: customs, revenue, and state taxes, 
$4282 75. Receipts— Ferriage for six months end- 
ing June 30, 18ti9, $72,498 24; six months ending 
December 31 , $88,551 71 ; making for ferriage, 
$161,049 95; insurance for loss on steamer Lincoln, 
S17.8G4 68— total, .5178,914 63. 

Capital stock, $225,000; bond account, §95,000; 
profit and loss account, $22,345 69; notes payable, 
$33,000; accounts payaole, $8734 83. 

Laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF KOTICE. 

The orders of notice for hearings on petitions 
for erection of stables were taken up as follows: 
Emanuel Downing, Princeton street; .lames W. 
Boston, Franklin piace; A. J. Tibbetts, Strafford 
street. No person appearing in cither case, the 
reports were re< oinmuted. 

r:;F!.'iS!iFi> BUSINESS. 

The following order was read a second time and 
passed: 

Ordered, That the Board establish the grade of 
Columbus avenue between Berkeley street and 
West Chester avenue ; also the grades of the fol- 
lowing streets between Columbus avenue and the 
Boston & Providence Railroad, viz.; Dartmouth 
street, i'armcuth street. West Canton street, Hol- 
yoke street, Berwick park, West Newton street, 
Rutland street, West Concord street, Worcester 
street. West Springfield street and West Chester 
avenue — the grades Oi said Streets being shown on 
plans made Vy the City Surveyor, dated Jan. 11. 
1870, approved by the Committee on Paving, and 
deposited in the "office of the said City Surveyor. 

COMMON COUNCIL PATERS. 

The petition of Trustees of the Roxbury Latin 
School was referred in concurrence, and the fol- 
lowing orders were severally passed in concur- 
rence: 

Order respecting the construction of service 
pipes, so that the water can be shut ofTbeiieath 
the sidewalks. Referred to the Committee no 
Water. 

Order for Legislative Commit' ee lo appear be- 
fore the state authorities in relation to the new 
Charlestown bridge. 

Order to pay bills of various members of the 
Government. 



Report and or, ler to repair the cellar and drains 
of the Armory of the First Artillery. 

Alderman Je kins, Chairman of Committee on 
Public Buildings, in answer to an inquiry by Al- 
derman Talbot, stated that the expense ot said re- 
pairs would 1 e from $700 to S800. 

Aldermen Hawes, Carpenter and Jenkins were 
joined to the special committee to consider what 
changes are necessary in ordinance, so as to pro- 
vide for cboice of Assistant Engineers of Fire De- 
partment for Dorchester. 

The order for Special committee to consider the 
expediency of amending joint rules, so as to have 
Joint Committees on sweets. Common, Health, 
Fire Department, Paving, LaiU[ s, Police, sewers, 
etc., was passed, in con tv.iHi.ce. 

ihe .Mayor staled thai the order so specially affect- 
ed ihe rights of the Board, that he should appoint 
members of the Committee representing the several 
interests involved. He should therelore appoint 
Aldermen Carpenter, of the Committee on Paving, 
Bra man of Health, Gibson of Police. Pope of Sew- 
ers, and Pierce of Common and Squires, on the 
part of the Board 

REPORTS CF COMJI/rTliES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of the petition of C. L. 
Mannirg for leave to give an entertainment at In- 
stitute Hall. Jan. 31, and of the Dartmouth Dra- 
matic Association for an exhibition at Alereantile 
Hall, .March 2. Accepted 

Also, licenses to seven newsboys and four boot- 
blacks, and in favor of certain persons named, to 
keep a billiard table, an auctioneer, for wagon 
stand, wagon licenses, the sale of second-hand 
articles, and the transfer of license of intelligence 
office. Also, leave to withdraw, on petition of Ed- 
ward Houghton and of John Kerrigan for fruit 
stands on Hanover street, severally accepted 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build severally accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall reported that the use of the Hall be grant- 
ed to the members of the Police Department Feb. 
9, for a levee. Accepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported in favor of petitions for erection 
of stables, as follows: James W. Boston, Franklin 
place; Emanuel Downing, Princeton street; A. J. 
Tebbctts, Strafford street. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Public Lands to whom was referred the 
petition of Charlotte E. Baker, that the money 
paid on a lot of land purchased for her on Pem- 
broke street may be refunded, made a report, rec- 
ommending that ihe petitioner have leave to 
withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Cominitti-e on 
Paving, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
Susan A. katj.nian for leave to place a doorstep 
on the sidewalk in front of her house No. 107 Ever- 
ett street. Accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on Ar- 
mories, to whom was referred the petition of Co. 
F, 9th Regiment, 3i. V. M., for approval of armory 
at 179 Court street, recommended the passage of 
the accompanying order; 

Or lered, That the armory cf Company F, Ninth 
Regiment, M. V. M.. at 179 Court street, be and the 
same is hereby approved as a suitable place for 
the deposit of arms, and that there be allowed and 
paid to said company for rent of said armory at 
the rate of $45:) per annum, beginning on the 31st 
day of January. i870. Passed. 

ih-' same committee to whom was referred the 
petition of Company A, 9th regiment, M. V. M., 
for approval of armory at No. 179 Court street, 
made a report, recommending the passage of the 
accompanying order: 

Ordered," That the armory of Company A, 9th regi- 
ment, Si. V. M., at No. 17*9 Court street be and the 
same is hereby approved as a suitable place for 
the deposit of arms, and that there be allowed and 
paid to said company for rent of said armory at 
the rate of $450 per annum, beginning en the 31st 
of January. 1870. Passed. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, to whom was referred the petition of Cal- 
vin Swallow and others that W est Chester avenue, 
west of Celiuubus avenue, be graded,niade a re- 

iiort that the avenue was laid out as a public street 
Jecember 7, 1869. It is now in a dangerous condi- 
tion for public travel, and owing to the fact th.it 
the houses at the upper end of the street are inac- 



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cessible to vehicles, the owners find great difficulty 
in letting or selling the same, and therefore suffer 
considerable lose. They therefore recommend the 
passage of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grade West Chester avenue west of 
Columbus avei.ue, and put the same in safe condi- 
tion for public travel, at an estimated cost of .$5000. 

Bead twice and passed. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee of the 
Board of Aldermen on the Fire Department, to 
whom was referred the order adopting the organ- 
ization of the Doi Chester Fire Department, and 
fixing the pay of the members thereof, having con- 
sidered the subject, made a report that in I he 
opinion of th ■ City Solicitor it is necessary to pass 
such an order to enable the Treasurer to' pay the 
membeis of the companies in Ward 16, It is 
probable that upon examination seme change will 
tie found necessary in the organization of the De- 
partment in this section of the city, as the 
number of companies on duty at tiie present 
time appears to be in excess of the wants 
of tins district; but until a proper 
examination has been made it would be extremely 
difficult to make any .just discrimination in regard 
to the pay of members of the same department ol 
equal rank. 

For the purpose, therefore, of affording time for 
investigation, the Committee would recommend 
the passage f the older, amended, so as to pro- 
vid ■ for the payment of the companies named un- 
til otherwise ordered. 

Accepted, and the order passed, as amended. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee on the 
Fire Department, to whom was referred, among 
the unfinished business of (he last year, a remon- 
strance of the Boston Bay State Iron Company and 
others against the contemplated location of En- 
gine Company No. 15 in Hose House No. 9, on B 
street, made a report, that having viewed the 
local n,y they are of opinion that the remonstrance 
is well sustained, and that said engine ought not 
to be located in the place proposed, 'lhe Commit- 
tee think that the engine should be located on E 
street, somewhere near First or Second streets. 
They have ascertained that one oi two different 
lots can be purchased there for less than one dol- 
lar per foot, and they therefore recommend the 
passage of the following orders: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to purchase on E street, near 
First or Second streets, a suitable lot of land as a 
site for a house for Steam Engine No. 15, said lot 
to contain not more than 4000 square feet, at a 
price not exceeding $4000. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Finance, a sum not exceeding £4000 for the pur- 
chase of a site for the house of Engine No. l(i; also 
a further sum of 826,000 for the erection of a suit- 
able engine house thereon. 

The orders were read once. 

Alderman Hawes wished for their passage, and 
made some statements relative to former action on 
the subject. It was clear to the Committee, that 
from the number of fires and the loss of property 
in the vicinity of the location proposed bv them, 
that such was the proper place for the engine. 

Alderman Connor objected to the passage of the 
orders until further time was allowed to examine 
the subject. 

A motion for the second reading at this time was 
lost. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Fi- 
nance, to whom was referred the report of the 
Committee on Public Buildings stating that there 
will be wanted to meet the balances due the 
contractors for building Engine Houses Nos. 2 and 
3, Dorchester, the sum of ^5000, made a report 
recommending that the amount be transferred 
Irom the reserved fund, as embraced in the ac- 
companying order. 

The committee also reported that the Auditor of 
Accounts represents that the payment of $45,450 74, 
the amount of award made by the Commissioners 
appointed by the supreme Judicial Court, under 
an act of the Legislature of 18U8, and the accept- 
ance by said court of said award, decreeing that 
there be paid ty the county of Suffolk in making 
free lor public tiavel the Salem Turnpike and 
Chelsea Bridge, the amount aforesaid, there will 
be needed an. additional appropriation for county 
of Suffolk of $30,000. The original appropriation 
did not provide for the payment of this aw.ird. 

The Auditor also represents that the appropria- 



tion for incidental expenses is not sufficient to 
meet the payment of bills on the 1st February draft, 
and is of the opinion that an addition of $10,000 to 
this appropriation will be wanted for the remain- 
der of this financial year. These two sums the 
committee recommend be taken from the reserved 
fund as provided in the annexed order. The Com- 
mittee also report, attached to the order authoriz- 
ing the transfer named, authority to the Auditor 
of Accounts for making the necessary transfer of 
appropriations in closing the present financial 
year. 

The Committee also report on the petition of 
George B. Morewood & Co. to be paid the amount 
of five coupons of city stock alleged to have been 
lost, the accompanying order for the payment of 
said coupons, upon certain conditions being com- 
plied with. 

Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts be and 
he hereby is authorized to transfer from the re- 
served Fund lo appropriation for Engine House 
No. 2, Dorchester, $3000; to Engine House No. 3, 
Dorchester, $2000; to that for the county of Suf- 
folk, $30,000; to that for incidental expenses, $10,- 
000. Also to make such transfers of appropria- 
tions as may be necessary in closing the business 
of the financial year, which terminates April 30, 
1870. 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer be authorized 
to pay George B. Morewood & Co. the amount of 
five gold coup ins, amounting to $125, being num- 
bered 2543 to 2547 ; which have been lost, and not 
paid, provid sd sai 1 George B. Morewood & Co. 
give a bond satisfactory to the City Solicitor, to 
save harmless and indemnify the city of Boston 
for making said payment. 

The orders were severally read twice and passed. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on East Boston Ferries, made a report re- 
commending the passage of an ordinance to es- 
tablish a Board of Directors for the East Boston 
Ferries. 

Alderman Talbot urged the passage of the ordi- 
nance at once, there being no necessity for refer- 
ing it to the Committee on Ordinances, care hav- 
ing been taken in drafting it and the City Solicitor 
having approved of it. 

The ordinance was read twice and passed. 

Section 1 provides for the election in February of 
a Board, to consist of one Alderman, two members 
of the Common Council, and four citizens at large: 
two of the four at large to hold office one year, and 
two to hold office two years from May next; the 
Board to choose a President and Clerk. 

2. The members of the City Council to be elected 
in January annually, hereafter, and two of the 
four at large in March or April, to hold office for 
two years, 

3 and 4. Kelate to beginning of service, and care 
and management. 

5. The Directors may appoint Superintendent 
and other officers, and fix their compensation, not 
to exceed the appropriation therefor. 

6. Directors annually in May to report the con- 
dition of the boats, slips, etc. 

7. May provide additional accommodations. 

8. City Council to establish rates of toll, based 
on an income sufficient to cover expenses and pay- 
ment of interest on scrip. 

9. Directors to make necessary repairs, but no 
member to have a pecuniary interest in furnishing 
supplies. 

10. Tolls to be paid into the City Treasury once 
each week. 

11. Bills for expenditures to be examined by the 
Auditor, and approved by Committee on Ac- 
counts. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 
East Boston Ferries be requested to nominate can- 
didates for the Board of " Directors for the East 
Boston Ferries, in accordance with the provisions 
of the Ordinance t J establish said Board. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE.- 

Orders were pa. sed as follows: 

On the petition, of George L. Gibbs, for leave to 
erect a stable at No. 6 Fountain street, and of 
Jarvis W. Dean fo? a staole in George street. 
Hearings Monday, February 7, 4 P. M . 

On the proposed widening of Washington street, 
at the corner of War, en street. Hearing Monday, 
February 14, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 



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Ordered, That there be paid to G. and T. "W.Page 
the sum of ssiTl, for land taken and damages occa- 
sioned — including grade damages — by the widen- 
ing of Eliot street, by a resolve of December 31, 
18U9, to be charged to the Eliot street Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Health be 
and he is hereby authorized to deliver on Sawyer 
si reet such quantities of ashes as may be required 
for filling ]'ii jk ses, and that the same be charged 
to Messrs. Aldcu Avery and ('. J. Spencelly at the 
rate of twenty-five cents for each and every load 
so delivered. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That, the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department, with the approvalof the Committee 
on the Fire Department during this municipal 



year, make ouch purchases of material and sup- 
plies for the use of this department and the pur- 
chase of horses anil make sueh repairs on the en- 
gines, bose and book and ladder carriages as may 
be needed, and employ such additional help during 
the winter as may be necessary, provided that such 
expenditures for any one purpose shall Dot exceed 
the sum of $1000. 

Alderman Fierce offered an order, which was 
passed, under the ordinance relating to the Com- 
mon and Squares, requesting the Mayor to nomi- 
nate to the Board a Superintendent of Common 
and Squares, whose duty, under the direction of 
the Committee on Common and Squares it shall 
be to provide all the labor and assistance neces- 
sary to effect the proper care of the Common and 
public squares of the city. 

Adjourned to Monday iiext. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
FEBRUARY 3, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 7>< o'clock, Mel- 
ville E. Ingalls, President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Howard Snelling and others, F. 
M. Hines and others, Daniel W. Tarr, F. A. Perry, 
Lemuel Burrill, M. J. Lally, and others, were sev- 
erally referred, in concurrence. 

The petition of Charles Burrill for allowance of 
claim against the city, on motion of Mr. Bishop of 
Ward 7, was referred' to the Committee on Claims, 
in non-concurrence. 

Tbe annual report of the City Engineer and the 
quarterly report of the City Registrar were ordered 
to be placed on rile. 

The report leave to withdraw, on the petition of 
C. E. Baker for money paid on a lot on Pembroke 
street to be refunded, was accepted in concur- 
rence. 

The order, that Engine Companies 16, 17, 18, 19, 
20, and 21, and Hook and Ladder Companies 6 and 
7, as now organized, be adopted as part of the Fire 
Department ; and that the members be paid from 
the 3d ult. at the same rates as other members of 
said Department of similar rank and grade, till oth- 
erwise ordered, was referred to the Committee of 
the Common Council on the Fire Department. 

An ordinance, to establish a Board of Directors 
for the East Boston Ferries (City Doc. 17), being 
under consideration, 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved its reference to the 
Committee on Ordinances, 

The motion was opposed by Messrs. Brooks of 
Ward 1 and Poor of Ward 11, on account of the 
delay which such a reference would occasion, and 
the necessity of an early passage of the ordinance, 
an examination and approval of its provisions by 
the City Solicitor having obviated any demand for 
the proposed action. It was not probable, either, 
that the Committee on Ordinances would make any 
change in it. 

The motion was withdrawn, when the ordinance 
was read once. 

Mr. Poor moved a suspension of the rules for its 
immediate passage, which was advocated by Mr. 
Hall of Ward 1, on the ground that, although out 
of the usual course, there was nothing in the pro- 
visions ol the ordinance but what was correct, 
and it was desirable to pass it, so that the esti- 
mates may be made up for the next financial year. 

Opposition was made to the suspension by 
Messrs. .Smith of Ward 10, Bishop of Ward 7 and 
Gray ot Ward 12, who urged that time should be 
given for examination of the ordinance. 

The motion to suspend the rules was lost. 

The order for Committee on East Boston Ferries 
to nominate Directors for said ferries was laid on 
the table. 

The following orders were severally read twice 
and passed : 

Order authorizing the payment for five lost and 
unpaid coupons, amounting to $125, to G. B. More- 
wood & Co., provided they give a satisfactory bond 
of indemnity. 

Order authorizing a transfer from the Reserved 
Fund to that for Engine House No. 2, Dorchester, 
$3000; to Engine House No. 3, Dorchester, $2000; to 
that for County of Suffolk, $30,000; to Incidental 
Expenses, $10,000; and such other transfers as may 
be necessary to close the business of this financial 
year. 



UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The order for the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment to submit his report in print was read a 
second time and passed. 

The election of two Directors for Public Institu- 
tions was taken up, and Messrs. Rich of Ward 9, 
Bicknell of Ward 4, and Pope of Ward 10, were 
appointed to receive and count the votes, report- 
ing as follows: 

Whole number of votes oo 

Accessary to a choice 31 

Win. M. Flanders 30 

Samuel Talbot, Jr .'^0 

Albert Gay 26 

VV m. W oolley 36 

Robert Bishop, 1 

Mr. Flanders was declared to be elected in con- 
currence. 

A second ballot resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 01 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Samuel" Talbot, Jr 28 

Albert Gay 23 

Wm. Woolley 9 

Wm. M. Flanders 1 

The third ballot was as follows, Mr. Woolley 
withdrawing his name as a candidate : 

Whole number of vctes 61 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Samuel Talbot, Jr "0 

Albeit Gay 31 

Mr. Gay was declared to be elected, in non-con- 
currence. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Tucker of Ward 6, from the Committee of 
the Common Council on the Fire Department, to 
whom was referred the order in relation to the 
purchase of a steam tug for the use of the Harbor 
Police and the Fire Department, made a report 
that as the order provides merely for the appoint- 
ment of a joint committee to consider the expedi- 
ency of making the purchase, and does not in any 
way commit the Council upon the subject, they 
would recommend that the order be adopted. 

The order was adopted, and Messrs. Brown of 
Ward 2, Woolley of Ward 1, and Squires of Ward 8 
were appointed the committee, to be joined. 

Mr. Woolley ol" Ward 1, from the Joint Special 
Committee appointed to nominate a Chief- Engi- 
neer and Assistant Engineers of the Fire Depart- 
ment, made a report, in part, recommending the 
election of John S. Damrell to the office of Chief- 
Engineer. Accepted. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to take from the 
table the order in relation to a Soldiers' Monu- 
ment. Lost, 22 to 24. 

Mr. Donnelly of Ward 3, offered an order, that 
the Committee on Ordinances consider the expe- 
diency of so amending the ordinance in relation 
to water that the charges for public bath tubs shall 
be placed at the same rates as private bath tubs. 

Jiotions to refer to the Committees on Water 
and Bathing were severally lost, when the order 
was adopted. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 4 offered the following or- 
der: 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting 
of rive on the part of this branch, with such as the 
Board of Aldermen may join, be appointed to con- 
sider the expediency of tendering to his Royal 
Highness, Prince Arthur, such civilities as in their 
judgment may be appropriate, and the expense at- 
tending the same to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for incidentals. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 opposed the order, stating 
that Prince Arthur, in his visit to this city, it was 
understood, would come in a private way and did 
not desire public attention. He moved an indefi- 
nite postponement of the order, which was carried 
by nearly an unanimous vote. 

On motion of Mr. Squires of Ward 8, the report 
of the Committee on the Suffolk Street District was 
taken from the table, when the orders on the sub- 
ject were read once. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 7, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Mayor 
Shurtleff presiding. 

NOMINATIONS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Fire Department— Geo. C. Fernald, foreman of 
Hose Co. Mo. 5. 

.Special Police Officer, without pay— James L. 
Sherburne, for the Suffolk Market. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee on if ire 
Department, to whom was referred the appoint- 
ment of officers and members of the Fire Depart- 
ment, recommended by the Board of Engineers, 
Jan. 31, after carefully examining the names sub- 
mitted, made a report, recommending that they 
be confirmed. 

Accepted, and the said nominations were con- 
firmed. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Blake Brothers & Co. and others, that Beacon 
street, west of Charles street, be graded and put 
in order. 

Daniel A. Dwight and others, that Beacon street, 
from Charles street to Barker street, be graded and 
put in order. 

Walter S. Robinson and others that Rutland 
street, west of Tremont street, may he graded and 
put in order. 

Walter S. Robinson and others, that the side- 
walks on Williams street may be paved, &c. 

G. W. & F. Smith and thirty-two others, Rohert 
Slade & Son and nineteen others, and Jonas Fitch 
and thirty-one others, severally against the pro- 
posed change of name of Federal street. 

H. D. Bradt and others, that Guild row and Shaw- 
mut avenue in continuation be called Washington 
street. 

Herman R. Wendemuth, that the grade of Wash- 
ington street (Ward 16) near Milton bridge be es- 
tablished. 



Jeremiah Leary to be paid for damages caused 
'Mir 
Broadway. 



by the raising of huildings near extension of 



Severally referred to the Committee on raving. 

John P. Treadwell for division of betterments on 
Tremont street. 

Wm. Keith's heirs for apportionment of better- 
ment on their Federal street estate. 

Abby M. Blatts for apportionme»t of Federal 
street betterment. 

Patrick Dugan, Timothv Murphy, Silas D. Bry- 
ant, Daniel C. Dugan and Dennis Callaghan, sev- 
erally for apportionment of Federal street better- 
ments. 

Ahner Phelps, to oe paid for damages caused by 
delay in grading Oliver street. 

Manton Eastburn, for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterments. 

Laban S.Beecher and others, that Cabot street be 
widened and extended to Putnam street. 

George S. Derby and Derby & Williamson, sev- 
erally tor apportionment of Tremont street better- 
ments. 

G. W. Harding and others, for the opening of a 
new street from Bowdoin street to Dorchester 
avenue, and for the widening and extension of Per- 
cival avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Maurice Lomasney, to be released from the offi- 
cial hond of John 0. Robinson, a constable. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Police. 

B. F. S. Bul'ard and others, for a lamp in Milford 
place. Referred to the Committee on Lamps. 

George A. Wardwell, for leave to build a stable 
for fourteen horses, on London street, near Ben- 
nington street. 

B. W. Taggard, for leave to occupy a stable on 
Worcester street with two horses. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

Warren Street Chapel Association, for leave to 
give a festival on the 22d of February. 

Emory W. Frost, for leave to exhibit a stereopti- 
con at Bumstead Hall. 



Severally referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Adelia A. Lang, to be compensated for damages 
caused by the operations of the city on the Church 
Street District. Referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

P. Hanlon, 113 Broadway; H. W. Atkins, 89 
Union street ; Cummings & Sears, corner of Tre- 
mont and Boylston streets ; Samuel Smith, Gard- 
ner court; R. F. Rohinson, Smith street, between 
B and C streets; N. F. Berry, Gates street, between 
Telegraph and Eighth streets; Henry B. Kendrick, 
Lexington street, near Prescott street ; Dennis Col- 
lins, corner of B and Bolton streets; G. A. Ward- 
well, London street, between Bennington and Por- 
ter streets. Severally referred to the Committee 
on Streets. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF CITY CLERK. 

The City Clerk reports that for the quarter end 
ing Jan. 31 he has received in his official capacity 
the following fees, viz. : 
Recording mortgages on personal property, 

Hens, assignments, &c $556 77 

Use of Fanueil Hall in 1869 157 00 

Licenses of billiard saloons 61 00 

" of auctioneers 48 0) 

•' of intelligence offices 7 00 

Total $829 77 

All of which has been pail into the City Treas- 
ury. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF OVERSEERS OF POOR. 

The quarterly report of the Board of Overseers of 
the Poor, for the quarter ending Jan. 31, exhibit 
the following results: 

Receipts: 

Cash on hand, Oct. 30, 1869 $2648 61 

Drafts on City Treasur< r 15,000 00 

Cash from cities and towns 1758 28 

" for sick State paupers $6187 82 

for burials 1227 00 7414 82 

Occupants of building, for h mating, &c. . . 157 00 
Cash for hurials 12 00 

Total $26,990 71 

The expenditures were as follows: 

Paid for burials $319 50 

Cities and towns for relief of Boston poor. 514 37 

Expenses of Charity Building 661 65 

Pensions and grants at office 3,659 00 

Immediate relief of persons having no 

settlement 70 00 

Coal 2,563 80 

Groceries 2,774 00 

Salary of secretary 550 00 

Salary of book-keeper 375 00 

Salary of clerks 355 83 

Salary of visitors 900 00 

Office expenses 149 41 

Transportation 24 94 

Engineers' salary, 15324 99 ; expenses, $13 85 ; 

Janitor's salary and expenses, $290 75. . 629 59 

Account of town of Orleans 52 13 

Paid City Treasurer amounts received 

from State 7,414 82 

Total $21,014 04 

Cash balance, Jan. 31 5,97G 67 

AUDITOR'S MONTHLY' EXHIBIT. 

The monthly exhibit of the Auditor was submit- 
ted in print, giving an exhibit of the general and 
special appropriations for the present financial 
year of 1869-70, as shown in the books in his office, 
February 1, 1870, including the February draft, be- 
ing ten months' payments of the financial year, 
exhibiting the original appropriations, the amount 
expeuded, and the balance of each unexpended at 
that date. A recapitulation gives the following 
result: 

Appropriations, 

Revenues, etc. Expended. Unexpended. 

General $*,727,362 63 $6,720,709 13 $2,606,653 55 

Special 7,72S,57J V0 3,961,927 52 3,766,652 23 

$16,455,942 ii $10,632,636 65 $5,773,305 83 

Ordered to be sent down. 

HEARINGS OK ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on petitions of Georga L. Gihbs for 
leave to erect a stable at Nc . 'J Fountain street, and 
of Jarvis W. Dean for le*vo to erect a stable In 



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George Btreet,were taken ap. No person objected, 
and the reports were recommitted. The commit- 
tee subsequent^ reported that leave be granted, 
and the reports were accepted. 

The hearing on the proposed laying out of Boyl- 
ston Btreet, between Berkeley and ( larendon 
streets, «as taken up ami rect mmiited. 

The hearing on the proposed widening o£ llano- 
ver and Court streets at their junction was also 
taken up and rect mmitted, i o person appearing. 

UNFINISHED Bl BINESS. 

ItepoTt and oruers to purchase land and build a 
house for Engine No. 15, on K street, near First o/ 
Second street, at a cost of $80,000, were taken up; 
when on neiin n i i Alaeiman Connor they were r. 
ferred to the d mmittee on Public Buildings. 

PA! EE8 lli -■( THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of ( harles Burrillcame up. Keferred 
to the Committee on Claims, instead or a special 
committee. 

(»n motion of Alderman Talbot, the Board refus- 
ed to concur with the Count il in us reference, and 
voted to adhere to the former action of the Hour.!, 
in referring the petition to a special committee. 

The order for a special committee to consider 
the expediency of providing a steamtug for Police 
and Fire Departments was passed, in concurrence. 
and Aldermen Gil won and Jenkins weie joined to 
the committee. 

The order for. Cummitt e on Ordinances tocon- 
sider the expedient y of reporting an ordinance to 
establish the same water rates foi public and pri- 
vate narh-tuls was passe I, in concurrence. 

DIREOTOIS FOR I BMC INSTITUTIONS. 

Aii election cf cue Director for Public Institu- 
tions toe • place, with Che following result: 

1st ballot. 2d. 3d. -Mb. 

Whole number of votes 12 12 12 xi 

Necessary to a choice 7 7 7 7 

William Wooiley 6 5 (i 5 

Samuel Talbot, Jr 4 5 4 7 

Albert Gray o 'I 1! 

Mr. Talbot was again declared to be elected, in 
non-concurrence. 

CHIEF ENGINEER OF FIEE DEPARTMENT. 

The report of the committee to nominate r Chief 
Engineer of the Fire Department was accepted in 
concurrence, and the Board proceeded to an elec- 
tion. 

The whole number of votes was 12, all of which 
were for John s. Damreil. 

CONSULTING T 11 YSlt'IANS. 

Alderman Braman, from the committee to nomi- 
nate candidates for Consulting Physicians, reported 
the names of George Derby, J. C. White, Henry 
Bartlett, 1'aschal P. mgalls and William Bead. On 
proceeding to a bailor, Dr. Bead bad 11, the others 
12 votes each, and Samuel A. Green 1. 

HARBOR MASTER. 

Aldtrman Gibson, from the committee to nomi- 
nate a candidate lor Harbor Master, reported the 
name of Capt. John T. Gardner, who on a ballot 
received ten votes to one for Martin \V. Tewksbury. 

OITY PHYSICIAN. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the committee to nomi- 
nate a candidate tor City Physician, made a report 
signed by Alderman Jacobs and Messrs. Talbot 
and .Noyes of the Council, recommending Wm. H, 
Page. A minority report, signed by Alderman 
Jenkins and Mr. Poor of the Council, recommended 
Samuel A. Green. On a ballot. Dr. Green received 
7 votes to 5 lor Dr. Page. 

si ERINTENDENT OF STREETS. 

Alderman Talbot, from the committee to nomi- 
nate a Superintendent of streets, made a report 
recommending Charles Harris, who was unani- 
mously elected. 

The following elections took place, no Commit- 
tee having been appointed on nominations- 

City Surveyor— Thomas W. Davis. 

Superintendent of Fire Alarms— John F. Ken- 
nard. 

Clerk of Committees — .James M. Bugbee. 

City Solicitor — John 1". llealy, 11 votes. 

Superintendent of Public Buildings^James C. 
Tucker. 

City Messenger— Oliver H. Spurr, 11 votes. 

Superintendent of Public Lands— Kobert W. 
Hall. 



City Registrar— Nicholas A. Apollonio. 
\\ ater Registrar— Wm. F. Davis. 
Port Physician— Samuel ll. Durgin. 
Bach of the above named were elected by an 
unaniinvus vote. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported licenses to twenty-four newsboys 

and one bootblack ; also, licenses to Post 32, < >. A. 
I;., to hold a fair at Wattt's Hall, Feb. 21-26, and to 
E. C. Coolidge to give a theatrical entertainment 
at Horticultural Hall. Accepte I. 

The same Committee reported sundry licenses as 
a victualler, innlioider. for wagon stands, wagon 
Licenses, and for transfer of wagon licenses, sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Stre 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. A; ceptl d. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on ordinances, to whom was referred the 
ordinance to amend the ordinance in relation to 
the Fire Department, so as to dispense with the 
annual election Of officers of companies, and also 
the petition ot f. M. nines and others, members of 
the Department, in opposition to the proposed 
amendment, having considered the suoject, made 
a report that the ordinance ought not to pass. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the same Committee, 
to whom was referred a request from the superin- 
tendent of Health for an amendment to the Ordi- 
nance relating to the public health, made a report, 
recommending the passage of an accompanying 
Ordinance. 

The amended ordinance provides for the inser- 
tion of the words '■grease or bones" after the word 
"vegetable," in line 5, section 54. 

The ordinance was read twice and passed, and 
s"iit down for concurrence. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee appointed to consider what charge, if any, 
is necessary in the ordinance prescribing the num- 
ber of assistant engineers of the Fire Department, 
in consequence of the annexation of Dorchester, 
made a report that, in their opinion, the addition 
of oneAssistant Engineer to the present Board will 
be sufficient to meet the requirements of the De- 
partment, and they therefore recommend the pas- 
sage of an accompanying ordinance. 

The ordinance simply provides for the election 
of "fourteen" instead of "thirteen." Keferred to 
the Committee on Ordinances. 

Alderman Connor, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Assessors' Department, to whom was 
referred so much of the Mayor's Address as relates 
to the Assessors' Department, made a report recom- 
mending the passage of an accompanying ordi- 
nance to amend the fourth and seventh sections of 
the present ordinance. The purpose of the amend- 
ment is simply to harmonize .the operations of the 
Department, and they do not in any way affect its 
organization. 

The ordinance was read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ordinances. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported leave to withdraw on the petition 
of B. B. Leuchors and others, for the grading of 
Clarendon street from Appleton street to Colum- 
bus avenue, the street not being a public street. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, to whom was referred the petition of 
Geo. W. Decatur and others for leave to run a line 
of omnibuses in this city, from the Providence 
Railroad crossing, on Tremont street, through Tre- 
niont, Court, Hanover and Onion streets to Hay- 
market square, and thence through Haverhill, 
i auseway, Leverett, (ireen, Court and Tremont to 
Boylston, and through Pleasant street to Tremont 
street to the point of beginning, having carefully 
considered the subject, made the following report: 

At a hearing given to all persons interested, the 
petitioners endeavored to show that the accommo- 
dations furnished by the Metropolitan Railroad 
Company, especially at the beforementioned point 
of starting on Tremont street, were insufficient for 
the residents in that vicinity; and that frequent 
intervals of fifteen or twenty miuutes occurred be- 
tween the cars. They proposed, if a license was 
granted, to run a line of coaches to the northern 
depots, leaving the crossing every ten minutes 
during the day ; the rate of fare each way to be six 
cents. 



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The Metropolitan Railroad Company appeared 
in opposition to the petition, and represented that 
considering the amount of travel, there was no 
point on their road where superior accommoda- 
tions were afforded. The Brookline cars, which 
pass this point, make twentv-eight round trips 
each day. The Jamaica Plain cars make thirty 
round trips. The cars which start from the cross- 
ing make seventy-two round trips. The Lenox- 
street cars make one hundred and eighty round 
trips. It appeared, therefore, that during the bus- 
iness portion of the day, there is a car from the 
crossing every six or eight minutes, and one from 
Lenox atreet every two or three minutes. 

The evidence of the Treasurer and the person 
who started the ears went to show very conclu- 
sively that the cars on this route were run regu- 
larly—that is, as regularly as circumstances would 
allow, OJ course, there are occasional interrup- 
tions from various causes, but the chances are 
that a line of cars would he less liable to interrup- 
tion than a line of coaches. 

The President of the Middlesex Railroad Com- 
pany also appeared to oppose the petition, particu- 
larly in regard to the location through Court and 
I n ion streets, on account of the crowded condi- 
tion of those streets. 

It did not appear to the Committee, from the ev- 
>e presented, that there was such a lack of ac- 
commodations for transportation between the 
Providence crossing on Tremont street and the 
business portion of the city as would justify the es- 
tablishment of a line of coaches, and they there- 
fore recommend that the petitioners have leave 
to withdraw. 

The report was accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee ou 
Paving, to whom was referred the petition of the 
proprietors of India and other wharves in relation 
to the work on Atlantic avenue, made a report that 
they have given the petitionee an attentive hear- 
ing, but have failed to elicit any evidence to sub- 
stantiate the allegations in the petition that the 
wall has not been built in a substantial manner, or 
that the plans and specifications are in any respect 
defective. 

In accordance with Section 4, Chapter 149, of the 
Laws of 1866, the plans and specifications for the 
Atlantic avenue sea-wall, drawn by the City Engi- 
neer, were submitted to the Board of Harbor Com- 
missioners, and were approved by them; and the 
wall has been built in accordance with said plans 
and specifications. 

After giving the petitioners an attentive hear- 
ing, as a bove stated, the Committee referred the 
whole subject to T. Willis Pratt, Esq., a civil engi- 
neer of ability and experience, and received from 
him a report, which the Committee give at length. 

In this report Mr. Pratt, after stating that heliad 
nothing to do with designing the plans or drawing 
up the specifications of this wall, says: 

"The petitioners have not definitely shown in 
what particular the wall in question is defective; 
they have charged, however, that a portion be- 
tween Howe's and India wharves has yielded to a 
comparatively slight pressure and infer from that 
that the whole is likewise defective. I hive exam- 
ined the whole wail from end to end several times 
since the petition was first presented, and as much 
ot the foundation as I could get at during time of 
low water. 1 have failed to find any signs of weak- 
ness in any part of the wall." 

Mr. Pratt further says: 

"The contractors are doing all they can to com- 
plete their contract, and will be required to thor- 
oughly pack the ballasting in front of the wall, 
this ballasting of broken stone almost composes a 
part of the wall and resists the outward pressure 
ot the earth. With regard to the dredging of 
the docks near the wall, I cannot conceive a good 
reason lor dredging within fifteen or twenty of the 
line of the avenue. The expense of dredging 
would be very great, and the probable income very 
small. I here seems to me a greater probability 
that the owners of the docks would desire to build 
warehouses like State Street Block, facing the ave- 
nue, which would be of much greater value for an 
income than the docks." 

The Committee in conclusion say, that after a 
careful review of 3Ir. Pratt's report, and in the ab- 
sence ot any evidence to show that the wall has 
not been built in a substantial manner, and in ac- 
cordance with the plans and specifications ap- 
proved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, 
your Committee see no reason whatever for stop- 
ping the work as prayed for by the petitioners ; 



t'.iey therefore respectfully recommend the said 
petitioners have leave to withdraw. 

The report was accepted. 

[During the action upon reports of committees, 
Prince Arthur and suite entered the total), announc- 
ed by Alderman Carpenter. The Board took a re- 
cess, when the members were severally introduced 
to the Prince, and the business was resumed. 
After the transaction of some matters of business 
for a few minutes, another short recess occurred 
for leave-takings, and the parry left.] 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed removal of a tree in front of 
premises .Nos. 25 to 27 South street, deemed unsafe 
to the public. Hearing Monday, February 14th, 4 
P. M. 

On the proposed widening of Webber street, be- 
tween Harrison avenue and Fellows street. Hear- 
ing Monday, February 21st, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS I'ASSKD. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Lesolve and order for the widening of Court and 
Hanover streets at their junction, by taking land 
of heirs of Francis Auiory (John A. Lowell, trus- 
tee), containing live and four-tenths square feet, at 
an expense of r-1416. 

Alderman Talbot stated in explanation that it 
was for the purpose of rounding the corner of the 
street, which was done when the building was 
put up. 

Kesolve and order for the laying out of Boylston 
street, between Berkeley and Clarendon streets, at 
no expense. 

On motion of Alderman Connor, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to select and report to the City 
Council a suitable site for the location of a build- 
ing to be used as a Ward Koom for Ward 7. 

OrJeied, That the Committee on Public Instruc- 
tion consider and report upon the expediency of 
appropriating annually a sum sufficient to provide 
for the pupils of the public schools, free of cost to 
them, the necessary nooks and stationery which 
will be required in their course of study. 

On mo;ion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent, under the 
direction of the Committee on Lamps, be and he is 
hereby authorized to contract for the purchase of 
250 gas lanterns at an expense not exceeding #2100, 
the amount to be charged to the Appropriation for 
the Lamp Department. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent, under the 
direction of the Committee on Lamps, be and he 
is hereby autnorize I to contract for the purchase 
of 300 iron posts, at an expense not exceeding 
$4500, the amount to be charged to the Appropri- 
ation for the Lam]) Department. 

On motion of Alderman Brarnan, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Health be 
and he is hereby authorized to furnish two hun- 
dred loads of ashes, more or less, the same to be 
used for filling purposes on Cabot street, and to be 
charged to Martin Milhnore, at the rate of 37>£ 
cents per load for each load so delivered. 

Alderman Bra man stated, in answer to Alderman 
Talbot relative to furnishing ashes as above, when 
filling., was wanted in Vernon street, that the Su- 
perintendent had informed him that no more ashes 
were wanted on Vernon street. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter. 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer be and he is 
hereby authorized to abate the bills amounting to 
8637 against the Carney Hospital for sidewalks 
laid by the city on National and Thomas streets. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
authorized to construct a plank sidewalk and fence 
on the southerly side of Chandler Street, between 
Tremont and Berkeley streets, at an estimated cost 
of $300. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to procure plans and specifica- 
tions and report the cost of providing accommoda- 
tions for Police Station No. 1 and the Primary 
Schools now in the building, during the progress 
of the work of widening Hanover street. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Harvey Carpenter 
§5475 25, for land taken and damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by a resolve of 
October 15, 1809, to be charged to the second Han- 
over Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to George W. Chip- 
man, lessee of estate of heirs of Francis Amory, 



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the sum of $1200 for all damages, except land dam- 
ages, occasioned by the widening of Hanover and 
Court streets, at their Junction, by a resolve passed 
this day, to be charged to the first Hanover .Street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to William T. Par- 
tridge the sum of 84524 95 for land taken and 
damages occasioned by the widening of Hanover 
street, by a resolve of October 15, 18U9, to be charged 
to the second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Amor Hollings- 
worth #7271 for land taken and damages occa- 
sioned — including grade damages — by the widening 
of Eliot street, by a resolve ot Dec. 31, 18U9, to be 
charged to the Kliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Charles Hyneman 
$8194 for land taken and damages occasioned — in- 
cluding grade damages — by the widening of Eliot 
street, "by a resolve of Dec. 31, 1869, to be charged 
to the Kliot Street Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fi--e 
Department he and he is hereby authorized to 
purchase, under the direction of the Committee on 
lire Department, one pair of horses for Hook and 
Ladder Carriage Jio. 4, for a sum not exceeding 
$775, the same to be charged to the appropriation 
for Fire Department, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Fire Alarms be 
authorized to expend, when necessary, a sum not 

exceeding $500 in each case, for attaching the 
proper striking apparatus to any of the bells in 



the city; said sum to be charged to the Appropri- 
ation for Fire Alarms, 

Ordered, That the sum of $1350 be and hereby is 
appropriated for the furnishing of Hook and Lad- 
der houses >'os. 1 and 5, the same to be charged to 
the appropriation for the Fire Department. 

Ordered, That the sum of $2000 be and hereby is 
appropriated for fitting fourteen steam fire-engine 
heaters to the engines, the same to be charged to 
the appropriation for Fire Department. 

Alderman Talbot inquired the object of these 
heaters. 

Alderman Hawes stated that it was for the pur- 
pose of keeping hot water in the engine houses 
and in the engines, by which means it was not re- 
quired to make a tire in the engine until it arrives 
at the fire. It cost about fifteen cents a day to 
keep up ten pounds of steam, which was nearly 
enough to heat the engine house. It serves also to 
prevent an expansion of ,the iron, and the wearing 
out of some portions of the engine faster than 
others, which occurs if an even temperature is not 
maintained in the engines. 

Alderman Talbot further inquired if these heat- 
ers had been bought, and by what authority? 

Alderman Hawes replied that they were bought 
on authority of an order passed last year, and 
some of them had been put in this year, and the 
remainder would soon be. He would further say 
that Hawes & Hersey had done part of the work. 

After these explanations the order was passed. 

Adjourned to Monday next. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Commoii Council, 
FEBRUARY 10, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 7,U' o'clock, M. E. 
Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petition of Adelia A. Lang was referred in 
concurrence. 

The quarterly reports of the City Clerk anil of 
the Overseers of the Poor were ordered to he 
placed on file. 

The Auditors Monthly Exhibit was also ordered 
to he placed on tile. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order to provide specifications for proper ac- 
commodations for Police Station No. 1, and Pri- 
mary Schools in the building, during the work of 
widening Hanover street. 

Order authorizing the expenditure of not more 
than S500 in each case, for attaching the proper 
fire alarm striking apparatus to any of the hells of 
the city. 

The following orders and ordinance were sever- 
ally read twice and passed, in concurrence: 

Order for the selection of a suitable site for a 
building to be used as award room for Ward 
Seven. 

Order to consider expediency of appropriating 
money, annually, to supply public school scholars, 
free of cost, with books and stationery. 

An ordinance to amend an ordinance relating to 
the public health. 

The report that the ordinance to dispense with 
the annual election of officers of the Fire Compa- 
nies ought not to pass, was accepted in concur- 
rence. 

Reference to Committee on Ordinances of an 
ordinance to amend an ordinance concerning the 
assessment and collection of taxes, and reference 
to same Committee of an ordinance to amend an 
ordinance in relation to the Fire Department, were 
severally concurred in. 

The reference to the Committee on Public Build- 
ings of Orders authorizing the purchase of land 
on E street, as a site for a house tor Engine Com- 
pany No. 15, and for a loan of S4000 to purchase 
said site, and $'J6,000 for the erection of saiil house, 
was considered. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 opposed the reference for 
the reason that a different disposition had been 
made of the order relative to a ward room in 
Ward 7. He did not see why a ward room and an 
engine house might not be combined in the same 
building, and wished to know what committee the 
order came from. 

The Chair replied that it came from the Commit- 
tee on the Fire Department. 

Mr. Bishop stated that as it did not go to the 
Committee on that Department of thi* branch, he 
moved that ii be referred to that Committee. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12 opposed the reference, be- 
lieving that the object or the mover could be ob- 
tained by referring this to the Committee on Pub- 
lic Buildings, who may favor the putting of a ward 
room and an engine house in the same building. 
Besides, this subject was before the Committee on 
Fire Department last year. 

Mr. Bishop further remarked that he should per- 
sist in the reference, since the Committee on the 
Fire Department of the Council this year had not 
had the subject under consideration. ' 1 1 should be 
referred to secure respect for that Committee on 
the part of this branch. 

Mr. Tucker of Ward 6 opposed the motion, be- 
lieving the Committee on Public Buildings to be 
the proper committee. The Committee on the Fire 
Department did not wish to have it referred to 
them, yet it might come to them after the Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings had considered it. 

Mr. Bishop did not see how the result could be 
reached, as stated, for this order authorized the 
loan for a site, and the erection of a building. 

The Chair stated that, under the order, the Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings may select a site any- 
where in South Boston. 






Mr. Bishop said if that was the case he would 
withdraw his motion. 

The reference was then concurred in. 

Reports and certificates of elections of sundry 
officers by the other branch were taken up. 

CITY OFFICERS ELECTED. 

Elections took place as follows: 
Superintendent of Public Buildings— James C. 
Tucker, by a vote of 53, unanimously. 

Clerk of Committees— James M. Bugbee, 57, 
unanimously. 

City Messenger— Oliver H. Spurr, 50; J. E. Hunt, 
6; Geo. P. Baluwin, fhos. Dinsmore, one each. 

City Surveyor — Thomas VV~. Davis, 56; D. J. Gor- 
man 2. 

Director of Public Institutions— Samuel Talbot, 
Jr., 37; Albert Gay, 14; \\ ni. \\ oolley, 9. 

Chief Engineer* of fire Department — John S. 
Damrell, 49; David Chamberlin, 7. 

City solicitor — John P. Healy, 37; James M. 
Keith, 11 ; George O. shattuck, ii; W m. Page, E. A. 
White, Oliver Stevens. Augusuis Buss, B. F. Bus- 
sell, A. A. Banney, one each. 

City Registrar — Nicholas A. Apollonio, 53; scat- 
tering, 2, 

Superintendent of Fire Alarms — John F. Ken- 
nard, 54; E. Vannevar, 2; C. T. \\ oodman and A. 
H. Peteis, one each. 

Superintended of Streets— Charles Harris, 45; 
John Noble, 9; M. F. Wells, 2. 

Port Physician — Samuel H. Durgin, 45; W. W. 

Page, 3; George Going, 3 ; Thomas i^. Jenks, 2; D. 

Leavitt, 1. 

Water Registrar — Wm. F. Davis 53, unanimously. 

Superintendent of Public Lands— Koberc W. Hall, 

52; Joseph Smith. 1. 

city Physician — 1st ballot, W. H. Page, 29; Sam- 
uel A. Green, 27; Theodore W. Fisher, 5; M. o. 
Johnson, G. M. Pease, 1 each; — 2d ballot, W. H. 
Page, 32; S. A. Green, 28. Dr. Page was elected on 
the part of the Council. 

Jlr. Poor of Ward 11 raised a question whether 
there were sixty members present, and a call of 
the roll showea that there were but fifty-nine to 
respond. 

Consulting Physicians— George Derby, 57; James 
C. White, 54; Henry Bartlett, 56; Paschal P. In- 
galls, 56; Wm. Read, 55; and there were several 
scattering votes. 

Harbor Master — John T. Gardner, 54; Martin W. 
Tewksbury, 2; Michael Driscoll, 1. 

Mr. Poor again raised the question whether it 
was possible in any way to determine the correct 
number of votes cast for City Physician, the num- 
ber being (53 on the first ballot and 60 on the last, 
when it was quite certain there were not so many 
members present. 

The Chair stated that as the call of the roll was 
not immediately after the vote was taken, it was 
not possible to say that some one who voted might 
not have left the hall. Iu the opinion of the Chair, 
it was in the power of the Council to declare that 
the election was not a valid one. 

The reference to the Committee on Claims of the 
petition of Charles Burrill was again considered, 
and the Council insisted on its reference by a vote 
of 29 to 19. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

An ordinance to establish a Board of Directors 
for the East Boston ferries was considered on its 
nnal passage. 

Mr. Barnes ol Ward 1 moved to amend sections 
7 and 8 by striking out so much as required the 
rates of ferriage to be fixed so as to cover addi- 
tional expense and interest on ferry scrip for addi- 
tional accommodations or improvements, and for 
maintaining the ferries. 

In support of the amendments, the mover said 
the rates of ferriage should be so fixed that they 
should not be unjust, unreasonable and oppres- 
sive. It was not just that the whole expense of 
the support of the ferries should be borne bv a 
portion of the inhabitants of the city, and 'he 
moved the amendments in the full belief that, as 
they are but fair and just, they should be adopted. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 11 hoped the amendments 
would not be adopted. Believing that it was nec- 
essary the ordinance should be passed at once, he 
opposed its reference to the Committee on Ordinan- 
ces. The ordinance was carefully prepared and ap- 
proved by the City Solicitor, and it was not severe 
on the people of East Boston. If the representations 
of the people of that section were honest, last year, 
the accumulation of funds in their view would 
soon be sufficient to purchase the ferries. His 



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construction of the ordinance was not that of the 
mover of the amendments, for he thought by the 
provision of section 7 the Board of Directors were 
to report the additional expenses, to be met by the 
general appropriations of the city. The whole 
thing was but temporary, and in a few years he 
doubted not that the ferry tolls would be abolished. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 would not have said any- 
thing but for the remark of the gentlemen about 
the people being honest. In this matter he claim- 
ed to have acted honestly, and he felt that the 
provisions of this ordinance would be very oppres- 
sive without the amendments. While he did not 
stand there as an advocate of free ferries, he be- 
lieved that a portion of the expense should be 
borne by the city. The amendments would add 
greatly to the relief, and not to the oppression, of 
the citizens. 

After further remarks respectively by Messrs. 
Barnes and foor as to the construction ot the ordi- 
nance, the amendments were rejected and the ordi- 
nance was passed. 

On motion of Mr. Poor, the order was taken up 
and passed, providing for the nomination of di- 
rectors for the East Boston Ferries. 

The order in relation to the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict was taken up, when an amendment which 
was offered by Mr. smith of Ward 10 was ordered 
to be printed, and the consideration of the order 
was assigned to Thursday next at 8 o'clock. 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

A request from the School Committee to provide 
accommodations for the schools now over the sta- 
tion house in Hanover street was referred to the 
Committee on Public Instruction. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Members of Fire Department in Ward 14 in rela- 
tion to an Assistant Engineer. Referred to Com- 
mittee on .Nomination of Assistant Engineers. 

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 
for additional drinking fountains in this city. Re- 
ferred to Committee on Water. 

Abraham Folsom and 50 others, Lyman J. Parker 
and ti5 others, severally for the extension of Long- 
wood avenue from Parker street to Washington 
street. 

RESOLUTIONS FROM THE CITY OF CHARLESTOWN. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2 presented the following 
resolutions from the City Council of Charlestown, 
passed by each branch on the 7th of February : 

Whereas, the City Council of Charlestown has 
petitioned for a new bridge across Charles river, 
and a hearing on said petition is now pending 
before the Legislature ; and whereas the material 
interests of the city of Charlestown and Boston 
are clearly identical so far as any reasons of con- 
venience or necessity can be urged in the matter — 

Resolved, lhat the City Council of Boston be re- 
quested to investigate the merits of the project, 
and actively to cooperate with the City Govern- 
ment in the said hearing, now pending, by its in- 
fluence in aid of the said petition. 

Resolved, That the City Clerk be authorized to 
transmit an attested copy of these resolutions to 
the City Council of Boston. 

Referred to the Committee on Legislative Busi- 
ness. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Tucker of Ward 6, from the Committee of 
the Common Council on the Fire Department, to 
whom was referred the order to pay the members 
of the Fire Department on duty in Ward 16, at the 
same rates as other members of the Department of 
similar rank and grade, made a report that theor- 
der ought to pass. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, from, the Committee to 
nominate candidates for Overseers of the Poor, 
reported the names of Frederic W. Lincoln, Jr., 
Joseph Buckley, Phineas M. Crane and Thomas F. 
Temple. 

On motion of Mr. Learnard of Ward 11, the elec- 
tion of Overseers was assigned to Thursday even- 
ing next, 8% o'clock. 

Mr. Niles of Ward 6, from the Committee to 
nominate a candidate for Superintendent of 
Health, reported the name of George W. Forris- 
tall. Accepted. 

SOLDIERS' MONUMENT. 

Mr. Rich of Ward 9 moved to take from the table 
the order for the appointment ot a Committee to 



consider and report upon the propriety of erecting 
a suitable monument to commemorate the heroic 
services of those citizens of Boston who fell in the 
defence of the Union in the late war of the rebel 
lion. Carried by a vote of 28 to 22. 

Mr. Rich said there had gone abroad an impres- 
sion that the order contemplated a large expense 
for a monument, like that proposed four years ago, 
The gentleman who offered it proposed some suit- 
able monument, and in courtesy it was due hiwi 
that a committee should consider the expediency 
of the measure. 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 did not see why this order 
should be passed. The city bad laid a foundation 
for a monument on Flagstaff hi'l at a cost of $15,- 
000, and if a monument was to be erected, it 
should be a good one, and on that foundation. It 
should nol be a seventy-live cent one, for the city 
was able to put up a good one. 

Mr. Seaverns of Ward 14 believed it was usual in 
such cases to appoint a committee from courtesy 
to the mover, and it was well and proper that they 
should examine into the expediency of the meas- 
ure. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 11 called for the reading of 
the order. 

Mr. Wells further remarked that the monument 
should be a good one, where citizens or visitors 
could look at it. He was not willing that it should 
be put up at Mount Hope. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said the order proposed 
that a committee should examine the subject, and 
they might report to suit the gentleman from 
Ward 3. If the committee did not make a suitable 
report, it could be laid on the table. 

Mr. Wells moved as an amendment that the com- 
mittee be instructed to place the monument on 
Boston Common. 

Mr. Seaverns hoped it would be left to the dis- 
cretion of the committee, who might think it best 
to erect a Monumental Hall. 

Mr. Donnelly of Ward 3 was surprised at the 
course of his associate from his Ward, for his be- 
lief was that the Attorney-General had given the 
opinion that as one monument had been erected at 
Mount Hope Cemetery, the city could not erect 
another on the Common. 

Mr. Wells replied that his colleague did not un- 
derstand the matter ; the reason why the monu- 
ment was stopped was because it could not get 
votes enough, and no decision could be agreed 
upon as to style. He voted for the monument on 
the Common, and would again today. Nearly $15,- 
000 were expended for the foundation ; and many 
plans were offered which were paid for and others 
not. The plan for a monument to cost $125,000 did 
not get but thirty-one voces. He believed the day 
would come when a monument would be erected 
on the Common, and he would vote for it. 

Mr. Rich gave as his understanding on the sub- 
ject, that $10,000 of the Soldiers' Fund was appro- 
priated to the object, and that the City Council 
voted $30,000, the' whole sum of $40,000 being all 
that was believed to be necessary. The plan was 
adopted and the foundation laid, when it was 
found that $40,000 more would be needed, and the 
matter went over to the next Government. Some 
plan should be considered for carrying out the 
proposed measure, and he hoped the amendment 
would not be adopted. 

The amendment was rejected and the order was 
passed. 

Messrs. Rich of Ward 9, Flanders of Ward 5, and 
Seaverns of Ward 14 were joined to the Committee 
of the Board of Aldermen. 

Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7 offered an order that a 
committee be appointed to consider and report 
upon the observance, in a suitable manner, of the 
anniversary of the evacuation of Boston. 

A call for the yeas and nays was lost and the 
order was rejected. 

On motion of Mr. Rogers of Ward 15, an order 
was passed that the Committee on Streets be re- 
quested to notify the members elect from Ward 15 
to make such statements before the Committee, in 
relation to the extension of Longwjod avenue, as 
they may wish. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved the assignment of 
the election of Superintendent of Health to Thurs- 
day evening next at 8% o'clock. Lost,18to30. 

A motion to adjourn was lost, when the Council 
proceeded to the election of Superintendent of 
Health. ... 

The whoie number of vote. 3 was 50; Geo. W. For- 
ristall, 45; three others, 5. 

Adjourned. ■ 



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B ( > A li I ) O F A L 1) E K M EN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 14, 1870. 



Tin- regular weekly meeting of the B >ard of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor shurtleff presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS HADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Undertakers— Caleb 1. Pratt, Richard Dillon, 
John Peak, Constant T. Benson, William Cooley, 
Lewis Jones, David Harden, John W. Pierce, Nu- 
llum 1". Whitney, David Gugenheimer, Job X.Cole, 
Oren Faxon, Win. H. Brown, Benjamin F. Smith. 
Hiram Stearns, Phillip E. Field, John H. l'eak, 
Daniel O'sullivun, \t m. E. Brown, James Uaynes, 
Daniel Ellard, Robert .s. G. Maiden, Hugh f'aylor, 
Jeremiah Tlnkham, Louis Adain, VViUiamD. Rock- 
wood, Dennis Miliivan. Philip Kennedy, George 
V. Field, John ('. Seaver, Joseph S. waterman, 
Win. Manning, John Heintz, John Haynes, Joseph 
8. Blye, James Farreii, Ebenezer Bird, John Lav- 
ery, S. Gleason, George Johnson, Jr., Samuel J. 
Crockett, ElymanL. Wiener, James Cotter, Geo. 
Stevens, Geo. A. Willard, Kufus French, Solomon 
Herwitz. 

Superintendent of Lamps— George H. Allen. 

Superintendent of Faneuil Hall— Henry iaylor. 

superintendent of Faneuil Hall Market— Charles 
B. Bice. 

Weighers of Hay— North scales, Henry A. Da- 
vis: South scales, Maurice B. Rowe; SOUtn Boston 
scales, John M. Johnson; Fast Boston scales, John 

A. Brown; Highlands. Andrew W. .Newman. 
Measurer ol Grain — George I*. Bay. 
Measurers of A\ ood ami Baik — Timothy Abbott, 

B. G. Prescott. 

Inspectors and Weighers of Bundle Hay— Israel 
M. Barnes. Samuel B. Livermore, Henry Emerson, 
William s. Holmes. Jasper H. Baton, William B. 
lnman, F. G. Dudley, Walter C. Bryant. 

Inspector of Milk— Henry Faxon. 

surveyor of Marble— Wm. B. Bayley. 

Inspectors of Petroleum and Coal Oils— Robert F. 
Means, .Nathaniel Cleaves. 

Superintendent of Common, &c. — John Calvin. 

Superintendent of Hacks and Carriages— Bufus 

C. Marsh. 

Superintendent of W r agonsand Trunks— Timothy 
B. Page. 

Constable— Chas. W. Hebard, Ward lti. 

The Mayor stated that several nominations for 
Ward 16 were withheld for further consideration 
and convenience. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AiTD BEFEKKED. 

Edward S. Hand and others, trustees, to be paid 
for damages sustained by change of grade in 
Harrison avenue. 

Alfred L. Bailey, to be compensated for damages 
to estate on .seventh street, on account of change 
of grade. 

Sullivan M. Waldron, to be paid for grade dam- 
ages on Seventh street. 

Eben Howes and others, that the name of West 
Chester avenue be changed to West Chester park. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

William' Wales, for the widening of Dorchester 
street, near Dorchester avenue. 

Charles H. Phelps, to be paid for damages caused 
by delay in grading Oliver street. 

C. W. Galloupe, Oeorge F. Suck, Samuel Jenni- 
son, (on J. P. Dexter's estate) and A. E. & C. H. 
Smith, severally for apportionment of better- 
ments on estates in Iremont street. 

Mary A. A. Huntington, heirs of John Smith, 
Thomas J. Hadlev, George B. Parks, Mary J. Beal, 
H. B. B. Ryder, Margaret L. Prince, and C. H. 
Stackpole, severally for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterments. 

Referred to Committc e on Streets. 

J. C. Marchant, for a lobster stand at the corner 
of Saratoga and Meridian streets. Referred to 
Committee on Licenses. 

John McKinnon and others, against the proposed 
erection of a stable on Loudon street by G. W. 
Wardwell. Beferred to Committee on Health. 

Jos. W. Bartlett, that the city would adopt his 
method of lighting and extinguishing street lamps. 
Beferred to Committee on Lamps. 



E. Tonrjcc, for use of Faneuil Ha'l on Wednes- 
day evenings, lor religious services. Uelerred to 
Commit ice on Faneuil Hail. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BDTLD. 

James Brady, Calvert street, between Cabot 
and Tremont streets ; J. H. &wcet, Utica street; 
John Harrigan, Everett street, between Lamson 
and Jeffries streets, George S. Parker. Fourth 
street, between F and Dorchester street.; Frame 
iV Jordan, 138 Meridian street: Stevenson <V Emory, 
nennard avenue; C. n. Hill, Shawmui place; Mau- 
rice Kidney, "Hotel Bradford'' <n union Park 

feet, near Albany street; Otis Pease, seventh 
;■ i eet, between B and C streets, severally re- 
ferred to Committee on streets. 

RESIGNATION OF CHIEF OF POLICE. 

The following correspondence was read 1 y the 
Mayor to the board : 

Office of the Chief of I* 



OF POLICE, ) 

Boston, February 14,1870. J 
To His Honor the Manor and tin- hoard of Ala r- 
wcii: 

Gentlemen — Seven years ago I was appointed 
Chief of Police witnouc any solicitation oj my own. 
1 have endeavored to the besl ol my ability tj per- 
form my duty faithfully. The peculiar system of 
organization of the Department gives me little or 
no control over its members, yet makes me respon- 
sible for their faithfulness; and although 1 have 
always enjoyed and stiB regain the confidence of 
my superiors, I seem to be powerless for good to 
the public, and feel as if I were in fact an embar- 
rassment to my friends. In view of this state of 
things, 1 deem it to be my duty to tender you my 
resignation of the office of Chief of Police, to take 
citect at once. Respectfully, 

'John Ivuktz. 

Executive Department, City Hall, ) 
Boston, 14 February, 1870. J 

Col. John Kurtz: Dear Sir — Your request to be 
relieved from holding the position of Chief of the 
Folice Department, communicated to me this day, 
has been considered and complied with; and 1 
therefore hereby accept your resignation and grant 
vmi a discharge", to take effect on Saturday next, 
rhe 19th inst. 

In performing this act I take the opportunity of 
saying that your response to my official require- 
ments has always been satisfactory, prompt and 
energetic. In no instance has our intercourse been 
otherwise than courteous and respectful on your 
part towards me, and 1 have never had any reason 
to doubt your integrity and honorable intentions 
under the most perplexing and embarrassing cir- 
cumstances in the performance of your late varied 
and responsible duties. 

In severing our official connection, allow me to 
express the nope that your future life may be cast 
pleasantly, and that a larger store of unalloyed 
comfort and prosperity may be yours hereafter. 
Respectfully yours, ' 
Aathahi'f.l B. shurtleff, Mayor. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on petition of E. 1'. Marvin, for 
leave to put a boiler in A o. 4 Province court, was 
taken up. >o person objected and the report was 
recommitted. 

The hearing on the proposed widening of Wash- 
ington street, near Warren street, was taken up. 

Alderman Talbot, in answer to a question of Mr. 
Beaumont, owner of property on the proposed line 
of widening, stated that it was not designed at 
present to take more than the vacant land of Mr. 
Beaumoi.t, who had given notice of intention to, 
build. Eventually the proposed line of widening 
adjoining his estate, will be carried out, possibly 
during the present year. 

The report was recommitted. 

The order of notice on the proposed removal of a 
tree in South street was taken up. 

James M. Blaney objected to cutting down the 
tree, believing it to be sound, except in one limit), 
which the City Forester had promised to cut off. 

The report was recommitted. 

The order of notice on the proposed removal of 
the tracks of the Metropolitan Bailroad in Brattle 
street was considered. 

Mr. John W. Draper, the President of the Metro- 
politan Bailroad Co., stated that it was desirable 
that the tracks should remain in that street, par- 
ticularly for use on public days and for emergen- 
cies, for East Boston cars and for the Lynn cars. 
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Talbot, he stated that the track had not been used 
for nearly a year, or since the 4th July last, and he 
could noc tell how many days it might be used in a 
year. 

Mr. Oliver, Treasurer of the Lynn Horse Kail- 
road, stated that the tracks were used bv that 
Company when the cars caine over the ferry. The 
present running through Charlestown was an ex- 
periment, and should repairs be made upon the 
Chelsea bridge to interrupt travel, they would be 
compelled to ran again over the ferry, and use the 
tracks in Brattle street. 

It was further stated that when Washington and 
Tremont streets were eicsed to travel, me East 
Boston caie would have no means of making thiir 
return trips except over these tracks. 

The report was recommitted. 

PAPERS FROM THE c;)5I.MON CCUNTII . 

ilr- petitions of L. .). Clark and others, Abraham 
I'o.som and others, of s. <;. Rogers, and the soci- 
ety tor the Prevention ol Cruelty to Animals, were 
severally referred in concurrence. 

The petition of Charles BurriU. coming up, re- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims, 

Alderman Braman remarked that no new com- 
mittee could do as well a: the old one, and as two 
ol the members of this Boar I were on the old 
committee, he moved that the reference be con- 
curred in. Carried. 

The resolves of the city ol Charlestown, request- 
ing cooperation in the matter of the new bridge, 
were referred to Committee on Legislative Busi- 
ii' - , in concurrence. 

The request ol School Committee for temporary 
accommodations for schools as Station 1, on mo- 
tion of Alderman Connor, was referred to Commit- 
tee "ii Public Buildings, in non-concurrence. 

The reports of Committees to nominate superin- 
tendent of Health and of Overseers of Poor were 
accepted, in concurrence. 

ELBcrnoir of city officers. 
Election of city officers took ulace as follows: 
City Physician -Wm. 11. Page, in concurrence, 

ol C voces to 5 for Samuel A. Green. 
Superintendent of Health— George VV. Eornstall, 

by a vote 11 to 1 for Ceorge \V. Cutter. 
overseers of Poor— Frederick \V. Lincoln, Jr., 

.loseph Buckley, P. M. Crane, Thomas F. Temple, 

each by 11 sotes. 
Superintendent of Sewers— Wm. H. Bradley, 
A proposition lor a convention, March 8, to till a 

vacancy in the School Committee, was concurred 

in. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of the petition of Emeiy 
VV. Frost, to exhibit a stereopticon at Bumstead 
Hall; of Warren Street Chapel Association for 
leave to hold a festival Feb. 22; Post O. A. H., lor 
leave to give an entertainment and fair at Boyls- 
ton Hall, March 1-4; James A. Kellev for leave to 

five a dramatic entertainment at Sumner Hall, 
eb. 15. Accepted. 

The same Committee also reported licenses to 
1- newsboys,. 1 bootblack and 1 pedler. Accepted.. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, repotted leave to withdraw on petition of 
A. U. Webber, to he paid for damages occasioned 
by the change of grade of Harrison avenue and 
1 me street,, the Boston & Albanv Railroad Com- 
pany being liable for such damages. Accepted. 

RICL'ORT ON THE SUBJECT OF JOINT STANDING COM- 
MITTEES. 

The Joint Special Committee appointed to con- 
sider the expediency of providing for the appoint- 
ment of Joint Standing Committees on Streets, 
Common and Squares, Health, Fire Department, 
Paving, Lamps, Police and Sewers, having consid- 
ered the subject, beg leave to submit the following 
report: H 

The committee have conferred with the City 
Solicitor in regard to the authority under which 
the several Departments above named are con- 
trolled, and rind that the powers now exercised by 
the Board of Aldermen over the Departments of 
Streets, Paving, Lamps, Police and Sewers are 
vested in that Board by acts of the Legislature, 
and cannot be diminished or controlled by any or- 
dinance or order of the City Council. 

In regaid to the Health Department, the fortieth 
section of the City Charter provides that "all the 



power and authority now by law vested in the 
City Council, or in the Board of Mayor and Alder- 
men, relative to the public health and quarantine 
of vessels, shall continue to be vested in the City 
Council, to be carried into execution by the ap- 
pointment of one or more Health Commissioners; 
or in such other manner as the health, cleanli- 
ness, comfort, and order of the city may, in their 
judgment, require, subject to such alterations as 
the Legislature may from time to time adopt, 
'ihe powers and duties above named may be exer- 
cised and carried into effect by the City Council in 
any manner which they may prescribe," or through 
the agency of any persons to whom they may dele- 
gate the same, noi withstanding a personal exer- 
cise of the same, collectively or individually, is 
prescribed by previous legislation; and the City 
Council may constitute eitlier branch, or any com- 
mittee of their number, whether joint or separate, 
the Board o: Health, lor all or for particular pur- 
poses.'' 

'ihe subject of amending the Health ordinance 
so as to give the control of the Department to a 
Joint Committee of the City Council was very 
carefully considered by the Committee on Oidi- 
nances in isus, and that committee, in their report 
(( iry Doe. 53), made the following statements: 

"since the organization of the City Government 
in IH'I'z, the Board of Aldermen have constituted 
the Board of Health, a id have exercised all the 
duties prescribed to such a Board by statute or by 
ordinance. In 1853, the City Council passed an 
ordinance establishing the office of Superintend- 
ent of Health, and transferred to bis Department 
certain duties previously performed by the Paving 
Department. 

It appears from an examination of the estimates, 
upon which the annual appropriation for the 
Health Department is based, that duties not prop- 
erly devolving upon a Board of Health are per- 
formed by the Health Department. 

The sweeping and cleaning of streets, the clean- 
ing of cesspools, and the removal of snow and ice 
from the public walks belong, upon a strict con- 
struction, to the Board of Alaermen as Surveyors 
of Highways, — a power conferred upon thei'n by 
the forty-first section of the City Charter. It has 
been found more economical to have the Depart- 
ment which employed a large number of teams 
for the collection of house offal also perform cer- 
tain other duties, devolving upon the Board of Al- 
dermen, which require the same kind of teams and 
the same class of laborers. As long as the Board 
of Health is identical with the Board of Highway 
Surveyors, there is no objection to such an ar- 
rangement, as there can be no conflict of author- 
ity; but when it is proposed to transfer the powers 
of a Board of Health, or the control of the Health 
Department, to a Joint Committee of the City 
Council, all those duties not strictly appertaining 
to a Board of Health, but now performed by the 
Health Department, must be provided for In some 
other way. This would involve changes in the or- 
ganization of some of the Departments, which 
would create additional expense, and tend to pro- 
duce conflicts of jurisdiction." 

Your committee fully coincide with this view of 
the subject, and would therefore report that in 
their opinion it would be inexpedient to change 
the present by laws constituting the Board of Al- 
dermen a Board of Health. 

So far as the other two Departments arc coi - 
cerned, namely, Common and Squares and Fire, 
there appears to be no valid reason for placing 
their administration entirely in the hands of the 
Board of Aldermen, and the committee have 
accordingly prepared anil unanimously recom- 
mend the passage of the accompanying ordinances, 
giving to the City Council and the Joint Commit- 
tees of the City Council all the powers in relation 
to those Departments now exercised by the Board 
of Aldermen or the Committees of the Board under 
existing oidinances. There is a statute provision 
giving to the Mayor and Aldermen exclusively the 
appointment ofenginemeu, hosemen and hook 
and ladder men for the Fire Department; but in 
all other matters of organization and equipment 
the two branches of the City Council have equal 
jurisdiction. Geo. O. Carpenter, 

G. T. VV. Braman, 
Geo. W. Pope, 
Henry L. Pierce, 
Robert Bisuop, 
Andrew Hall, 
Hollis R. Gray, 
M. F. Wells, 
H. G. Tucker. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



The ordinance relating to the Common and Pub- 
lic Grounds provides for the appointment of a joint 
committee of the City Council, to be called the 
Committee on the Common and Public Grounds. 

t<> consist of three Aldermen and five members of 
the Common Council, who shall have the care and 
custody of said grounds; the Superintendent to be 
chosen in February of each year by a concurrent 
vote of both branches, and to have the care and 
superintendence of these grounds, under the di- 
rection and control of said joint committee. The 
other provisions are as in the pn sent ordinance. 

Ihe ordinance to amend an ordinance in relation 
to the Fire Department provides also for the ap- 
pointment of a Joint Committee of the City Coun- 
cil, several of the sections are amended, but the 
material amendments are the substitution of the 
v, ords "City Council" lcr "Board of Aldermen" in 
many easts. 

The ordinances were referred to the Ccmmittee 
on Ordinances. 

The following ord< rs were also sul mitred: 

Ordered, That the joint rules and orders of the 
City Council be amended bv inserting after the 
seventh paragraph, on page 11, the following: 

"A Committee on Common and Public (.rounds, 
to consist of three Aldermen and live members of 
the Common Council. 

A Committee on the Fire Department, to consist 
of three Aldermen and five members of the Com- 
mon Council." 

REPORT ON POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, who was requested to consider what changes 
are necessary in the organization of the Police 
Department, in order to promote its efficiency, 
made a report in part, at this time, as follows; 

After a careful examination of the present con- 
dition of the Department, it appears that, owing 
to the absence of any definite rules in regard to the 
control of the Department, its efficiency has been 
seriously impaired. The exercise of the same 
powers alternately by the Mayor, the Chief and the 
Committee of the Board of Aldermen, in matters 
which especially require a rigid adherence to a 
settled course of action, has been subversive of all 
discipline, and the Committee are satisfied that 
radical changes are necessary in order to restore 
the Department to that state of efficiency and that 
position in the confidence of the people which the 
duties it performs absolutely demand. 

By the 354th Chapter of the Acts of 1850, the City 
Council of Boston was authorized and empowered 
to unite, by ordinance, the Watch and Police De- 
partments, and to oiganize the same from time to 
time, and establish regulations therefor not repug- 
nant to the laws of the Commonwealth. The Act 
further provided that the Chief of Police, author- 
ized to act by virtue of such ordinance, should 
have and exercise all the powers and duties which, 
bv the laws then in force, might be had and exer- 
cised by the head constable of the Watch of the 
city of Boston. 

By the 33d section of the City Charter, the ad- 
ministration of Police was vested in the Board of 
Aldermen. 

The fourth section of this ordinance on the pol ice 
provides that the Chief of Police Bhall be the head 
of the Department of Police, and cball bave entire 
control of the Department, its officers and mem- 
bers, and of all constables and other officers when 
engaged in the service of the city. 

Some of the rules and regulations of this Board 
of Aldermen now in force are calculated to limit 
or restrain the exercise of those powers which the 
provisions of the ordinance confer upon the Chief; 
and the committee are now preparing a careful re- 
vision of the rules in order to make the position of 
Chief what it was intended it should be — the chief 
executive officer of the Department. 

But while the present disorganized state of the 
whole force is owing in a great measure to the 
cause we have stated, there appears to be a still 
more serious defect in the organization of one 
branch of the service, which should lie remedied 
without delay. The present detective system, 
more than anything else, has tended to bring the 
Department into disrepute. Undoubtedly there 
have been many exaggerations and misstatements 
in regard to the manner in which the detective 



service has been performed; but it is sufficient 
that the public have lost confidence in its efticien- 
cy. No amount of investigation or explanation 
would restore that confidence, without which the 
service is worse than useless; and the Commit- 
tee feel justified, without proceeding any further, 
in recommending that the present detective sys- 
tem be entirely abolished. Although we have not 
yet matured a plan for the performance of this 
service, in a different manner, we are satisfied that 
such action will not be detrimental to the public 
interests; and we would, therefore, recommend 
the passage of the accompanying order at this 
time. Charles E. Jenkiks, 

Chairman ]>r<> tem. 

Ordered, That the office of detective police be 
abolished, and that the rules and regulations of 
this Board, in relation to that branch of the police 
service, be and the same are hereby rescinded. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

orders of ::oTicr. 

On the petition of George A. Wardwell for leave 
to erect a stable on Loudon street; of B. W. lag- 
gard, a stable on Worcester street, and of Porter & 
Foster, a stable on L'tica street. Hearing Mo-jdav, 
Feb. 21,4 P. M. 

On the proposed widening of Boylston street, 
southerly side, from Tremont street to Washington 
street. Hearing Monday, Feb. 28. 4 P. M. 

On the petition of Kav'ill & Co. for leave to place 
an engine and boiler in rear of 1051 Washington 
street. Hearing Monday, March 7, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS FASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered. That the salary of John Kurtz, late 
Chief of Police, be allowed and paid to the first 
day of April next. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the sum of $ 1300 be and hereby is 
appropriated for connecting fire reservoirs in the 
Southern District, the same to be charged to the 
appropriation for Fire Department. 

On motion of Alderman 

Ordered, That the amount incurred in procuring 
badges for the members of the Board of Alder- 
men be charged to the appropriation for inciden- 
tal expenses. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Orders passed to abate sewer assessments, $23 93 
from Sarah P. Brown; §1311 from Patrick Barron's 
heirs; to change assessments— of $21 G5 from es- 
tate of Nancy E. Jones to estate of Benjamin 
Heath; §9130 from John S. l<arlowto Franklin 
Evans; §37 89 from Clara A. Parker to John Ly- 
ons: $69 87 from Jabez H. Sears to John Murdock 
and Son ; $14 99 from Warren 31. Baker and others, 
respectively, for a sewer in Charles street, to re- 
main unpaid until entry is made into said sewer. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the the following: 

Ordered, That all fees received by police officers 
as witnesses be paid over to the Clerk of Police and 
placed by him to the credit of aged and invalid 
policemen, who have performed honorable service. 

Alderman Cowdin said in explanation of the or- 
der that it" must be known many policemen grow 
old and disabled in the service, and are sometimes 
made invalids ty injuries in making ai rests, and 
seme provision should be made for their relief. 

Alderman Talbot believed that the order was a 
proper one, to appropriate the money which now 
goes into the Treasuiy as fees, but as some further 
action may be necessary to secure the end in view, 
it might be better to refer the order to the Com- 
mittee on Ordinances. 

Alderman Cowdin did not object to such a dis- 
position of the order, and on his motion it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ordinances. 

ORDERS TO PAY 

The heirs of Andrew P. Young $700; Augusta Wolf, 
wife of Jacob Wolf, $5500; E. Haskett Derby $6600, 
severally for Hanover street widening; Wm. T. 
Stuart $6944 for Eliot street widening; Henry A. 
Thomas $13,770 for Bedford street widening, and 
heirs of Wm. Fiske $23,752 87 for the widening and 
grading of Purchase street, were severally read 
once. 
Adjourned. 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Common Council, 
FEBRUARY 17, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Ccxcmon 
Council was held this evening;, at iy z o'clock, M, 
E. Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

Petitions from the Board of Aldermen were re- 
ferred in concurrence. 

'lhe order that fees received by police officers as 
witnesses lie paid to the Clerk of Police, and placed 
to the credit of a fund for the relief of aged and 
indigent policemen, .was referred in concurrence to 
the Committee on » irdinances. 

lhe order that the amount for bad gee for the 
Board of Aldermen be charged to incidental ex- 
penses was passed in concurrence. 

The order to pay the late Chief cf Police his 
salary until the first of April next, was read once. 

The following matters weie retened in concur- 
rence : 

Reference to Committee on Ordinances of report 
and ordinances relating to the fire Department, 
and Common and Squares (City Doc. 22); and of 
older to amend joint rules, so as to provide for 
.Joint Committees on Fire Department, and Com- 
mon and Squares. 

Keference to the Committee on Public Buildings 
of request for school acc< mmodations for schools 
in Station One, instead cf to the Committee on 
Public Instruction. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond tune and passed: 

Order to provide specifications for proper accom- 
modations for Police Station No. 1, and primary 
schools in the building, during the work of widen- 
ing Hanover street. 

order authorizing the expenditure of not more 
than five hundred dollars, in each case, for attach- 
ing the proper fire alarm striking- apparatus to any 
of the bells of the city. 

ELECTION OF CITY" OFFICERS. 

William fl. Bradley was reelected, in concur- 
rence, Superintendent of Sewers, by a vote of 4G to 
2 for all others. 

The election of Overseers of the Poor was taken 
up by special assignment. 

Mi'. Giblin of Ward 7 moved a postponement of 
this election to the next meeting of the Council, 
which was lost, when the Council proceeded to an 
election with the following result: 

Whole number of votes, 58. Frederic W. Lin- 
coln, 53; Joseph Buckley, 43; Phineas M. Crane, 
57; Thomas F. Temple, 5(5, and were elected. 
Charles K. McLean had 8; John Kenney, 3; Lucius 
Slade, B. C. Piper, William Manning and L. F. 
Morse, one each. 

SUFFOLK STREET DISTRICT. 

The report and orders concerning Suffolk Street 
District were taken up, by special assignment, the 
pending question being the amendments to the or- 
ders offered by .Mr. Smith of Ward 10. 

These amendments provide for the election of 
three commissioners by concurrent vote of the two 
branches of the City Council, who shall be author- 
ized to contract for the filling of the territory in 
question anil who shall have the general super- 
vision of the work under said contracts, and to hold 
office until said work is completed, unless sooner 
removed by the City Council ; and providing also 
for reconveyance of the property to the original 
owners when the territory shall be raised, subject 
to such assessments for widening and extending 
streets or rilling vacant lands as the committee in 
charge shall deem expedient. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 hoped the question would not 
be taken on the amendment until reasons were 
given for its adoption. Mo one replying, he pro- 
ceeded to say that so far as regarded the election 
of Commissioners, which this cbnt- mplated, it was 
believed within a month after the Commissioners 



on the Church Street District were elected, that a 
mistake had been made. The election of Commis- 
sioners but complicated the matter, for there 
were questions on" the Church street District not 
yet settled, and which would not be settled lor 
years. If Commissioners were to be elected, then 
lhe committee had better not exist, for there 
would be divided authority resulting in increased 
expense. 

Mr. Wilkins of \Vard 9 hoped that the amend- 
ment would not be adopted, and thai Commission- 
i is would not lie elected. In his experience since 
the 1st January, on the Church street Committee. 
he had learned that there were a large number of 
cases unsettled growing out of the action of die 
commissioners. If Commissioners were to be 
elected, he would not wish to serve on such a ccm- 
mittee. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he agreed with the 
gentleman from Ward 1 in regard to the second 
order, which ought not to have been in the report 
of the committee, and which appeared to have 
been smuggled into the middle of the report, 'lhe 
difficulties in relation to the Church street Dis- 
ti ict arose from the duties of the Commissioners 
not being properry delined. By his amendment, 
there was mot that "difficulty. It could not be ex- 
pected that the members of the committee would 
expend a great deal of time in the superintendence 
of this work, and there should be competent au- 
thority tor such superintendence. Ihis com- 
mittee appeared to le the only committee of 
the City Government who objected to the 
election of subordinates under them, it was ob- 
jected that there would lie a conflict of authority, 
but he could not see any need of such conflict. 
The duties of the committee are well defined, and 
after the Commissioners have made their con- 
tracts with the approval of the committee, the 
Commissioners are to see that the work is faith- 
fully executed. If fault is found with the second 
order, the committee had themselves only to 
blame for it. lhe Commissioners should be elect- 
ed and hold office tint 1 the work is completed, and 
not be subject to removal by a new committee, 
which must be appointed before such completion 
of the work. 

Mr. smith further remarked that he was not clear 
that the time had come for the taking of this terri- 
tory. It had been reported that unless it was done 
now it could not be done, lhe act under which 
the work is authorized does not expire until June 
next. 31 eaiitime the committee may further con- 
sider the subject, whether some changes may not 
be made, and if necessaiy the act may be renewed. 
The city had now on its hands as large arj amount 
of expenditure as was desirable, and no loss would 
result from the delay. 

.Mr. Hall remarked upon the provision in the 
second order comprised in the amendment, that 
the owners of estates "will agree in writing 
to take a release of their respective estates, ' 
that on reference to section 8, page 6, of the 
committee's report, no such provision occurs. 
There were other sta cements also not in the report 
of the committee. The proposed order contem- 
lates banding together all of the owners of property 
on the territory against the city, and in the opin- 
ion of the City solicitor such a measure would be 
suicidal. There should be no division of power, as 
proposed, and he hoped no such action would be 
taken. He was anxious that every dollar may be 
saved that is possible, and in the appointment of 
one or more superintendents to see that the work 
is well done, even a new committee could obtain 
all the information that is necessary. It was not 
likely, either, that a new committee would dis- 
charge those who had such information, for the 
sake of putting in a friend. 

Eitherthe committee or theCommissioners should 
have the power of deciding on questions which 
may arise. There L,re pending today appeals on 
the decisions in the Church street matters. If we 
are to have a commission, why divide the work'.' 
or why submit matters to the committee if the 
Commissioners are to make the contracts, and de- 
cide upon questions growing out of them? This 
amendment, ought not to be adopted, for the inter- 
ests of the city. 

Mr. Smith said he had not anticipated that his 
opponents would furnish him with arguments, 
which they hack The committee agreed with him 
that there must be Commissioners of some sort, 
theirs appointed by the committee and his elected 
by the City Council. It was then only a question 
for the Council to determine whether they would 



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have a Commission responsible to the City Gov- 
ernment, or one responsible alone to the commit- 
tee. With reference to the second order, lie re- 
peated that it was the same which had been re- 
ported 1 y the committee. 

Mr. Fi< st of Wail '.) «as not quite satisfied with 
the report of the committee, or with the proposed 
amendments. It was tut an act of justice that the 
city should abate this nuisance and raise the peo- 
ple in that territory from the slough of despond. 
Ihe city should pay the entire expense, but he did 
not ask that, neither did the occupants of that ter- 
ritory. At the beginning of the year a committee 
was appointed to report upon tne expediency of 
doing tiiis work. That was all, but they Ha I gone be- 
yunu that ai d proposed a plan. The committee was 
ii good one, and he would not want a betttrone. 
Yet the people in that territory would be under the 
entire control and at the mercy of the committee, 
a d they had no surety that they should ever get 
their property back again. If the work was to be 
done, it should he done under a Commission who 
should see it completed, and as the present com- 
mittee would not see the work completed, the 
Commission would be likely to be changed. He 
was not sine, either, that it was necessary to do 
the work proposed, lor possibly the drainage 
might he improved without going to this enormous 
outlay required by the plan. The committee say this 
is tut the plan proposed last year. But their report 
goes on to say, in explanation and modification of 
s>ect1on8, that the reconveyances shall be made sub- 
ject to the payment of such assessments for benefit 
from widening and extending streets, or tilling 
vacant lauds, or any other acts of the city, which 
the committee shall deem expedient. He* did not 
know of any other acts of the city for which the 
owners of the property should be obliged to pay. 
Jf there were any such acts, what are they? They 
might be subjected to pay for Washington street 
improvements or improvements on some other 
street. It was very important that this work should 
be carried forward, well and honestly, for the city, 
and it should be done honestly and justly for the 
o nors of property. He would not do anything to 
retard the work, and if the amendment was adopt- 
ed, he hoped the committee would be requested to 
nominate the Commissioners. He had objected to 
amendments, and had great objection to the plans 
of the committee, and he wished that the report 
would be recommitted, that the committee might 
report something more satisfactory. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 thought this matter had 
taken a wide range, and having done so, no objec- 
tion could he made to his following the objections 
which had been made to the report, under the prop- 
osition to amend. 

Mr. Bishop further said that the committee found 
the report of last year, and reported it to the City 
Council. The plan was not theirs, but they could 
not see how any other could be carried out, and 
they believed it would be better to have the work 
done under the direction of tho committee than 



to have a Commission and several superintendents 
under them to see to the work. 

Mr. Wells of Ward agreed with the gentleman 
who moved the amendment in regard to the ap- 
pointment of Commissioners, but he could not see 
any need of having so many. The Commissioners 
on the Church Street District saved to the city 
$170,000 or $180,000. There was no need of the 
appointment of three or more superintendents. 
The committee would not spend their time in su- 
perintending this work, for he would not if he 
were on the committee. There should be some one 
to see that the contracts were properly made and 
carried ou;. Two Commissioner would be enough, 
and if they were divided in any matter the com- 
mittee could decide between them. 

Mr. Frost made some further remarks, in which 
he expressed the hope that the matter would be 
recommitted, and made a motion for recommit- 
ment. 

Mr. Smith suggested that as there were some 
doubts about legal points, it had better go to the 
Committee on ordinances. 

Mr. Hall objected, stating that if the report 
should te recommitted to the Committee on Suf- 
folk Street District, they would undoubtedly l»ok 
to any matters of that kind. 

The mot ; on to refer to the Committee on Ordi- 
nances was withdrawn, when the report was re- 
committed to the Committee on the Suffolk Street 
District. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings consider and report on the expediency of 
selecting a site for and buildiug a ward room and 
station In iuse for Ward 14. 

On motion of Mr. Talbot of Ward 4, 

Ordered, That his Honor the Mayor cause the 
bell of the city to be rung, and the national salute 
to be tired on the common, at East Boston, South 
Boston, the Highlands, and at Dorchester on Tues- 
day next, in commemoration of the birthday of 
George Washington. 

On motion of Mr. Williams of Ward 13, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to procure more suitable accom- 
modations for a ward room for Ward 13. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward 6 offered an order 
that the Committee on Public Buildings be 
authorized to make such repairs and alter- 
ations in the heating apparatus at the Charity 
Building and the Temporary Home as will be re- 
quired to properly connect the same with the new 
boiler-house about completed in the rear of said 
buildings, the expense thereof to be charged to the 
appropriation for public buildings. Bead once. 

PETITION. 

A petition was presented from M.Jennie McDon- 
ald, for compensation for injuries received from a 
defect in Village street. 

Keferred to the Committee on Claims, 

Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



37 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 21, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtleff presiding. 

A OINTMJE IS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Istant Superintendent of Health— (made by 
Superintendent)— Daniel B. Curtis. 

special Police Officer, without ray— Etbridge 
Bradshaw, for Public Library. 

Weighei of ( al and Measurers of h ood- 
Frank'.M. Hatch and Frederick 11. Lewis. 

Henry A. Davis, superintendent of .North Scales 
and Measurer of Wood, in plate ofJosiah Liver- 
more, removed. 

PETITIONS PEES! NTED A1TD REFERRED. 

Mary R.Gore for abatement of assessment for a 
eewer in Kenilwortb street, Referred to the Com- 
mictee i n sewers. 

Lulus Ellis, in behalf of the Children's Aid So- 
ciety, for the enforcement of the act for the care 
and education of neglected children. Referred to 
Committee on Public Institutions 

j. yuincy Blake 6 r removal of a branch of the 
tree at 54 kssex street. 

Albert J. Wright and others, that Hugh Calla- 
han be appointed to take care of the trees at South 
Boston. _ .. ^ 

Severally referred to the Committee on Com- 
mon and squa . ., , . 

James MeGarty, for leave to build a private sta- 
ble at 181 Cabot street. Referred to the Committee 

on Health. 

Charles S. Dixon, for leave to transfer lease of 
stall .No. 1 Faiu ui! Hall Market to John W. Gordon. 
Reterred to Committee on Faneuil Hall .Market. 

Charlotte E. Baker, for a reconsideration of her 
pet ition ilia, the city would refund money paid by 
her on land on Pembroke street. Referred to Com- 
mittee ( n Public Lands. 

JSathaniel C. Nash and others, that a commission 
be appointed to test the various methods of pre- 
serving woods lor pavement. 

stunner Crosby and others, against any change 
in the name of Federal street. 

Boynton and Roberts, for leave to insert a sign in 
the sidewalk at 187 Washington street. 

Michael Kenney for the grade of Culvert street. 

Edwin F. Adams and J. A. Sargei.t, severally, to 
be paid for damages caused by change of grade in 
Harrison avei.ue. 

George B.Young and others, that Condor, Ea- 
gle, Putnam and Glendon streets be graded. 

Mary Gilbert, to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade in Tremont street at the corner of 
Pleasant street. 

Daniel T. Knight, 2d, to be paid for damages 
caused by change ol grade of Tremont street. 

Albany Street Freight Railway Company, for 
leave to use st.am on their road in this city. 

George C. Pearson, and others, that Norfolk 
avenue be paved. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

J. S. Shatter and others, against the proposed ex- 
tension ol Cabot street to Putnam street. 

John C. Crowh y, administrator, that the better- 
ments assessed on estate of John J. Boyle in Fed- 
eral street he apportioned. 

Moses Williams, for apportionment of better- 
ments on estate of George F. Emery, Tremont 

A. & E. Cutler, trustees, for apportionment of 
Tremont street betteiments on estate of Marshal 
J. Cutler. 

Henry H. Peters, for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterments. 

Edward 1. Browne and othe.-s, that Common- 
wealth avenue between Clarendon and Dartmouth 
streets be accepted. 

D. K. Reed and others, for the extension of 
Thornton street to Vale street. 

\V. M. Baker, that Clarendon street, from Apple- 
ton street to Columbus avenue, be accented. 

Severally referred to the Committee on.streets. 

DETECTION OF BURGLARS. 

The following memorial was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Police: 



To the Honorable Board of Aldermen of the City of 

Boston : 

The undersigned, a citizen and tax payer in Bos- 
ton, respectfully represents, that burglary has in- 
creased fearfully the past two years within the 
limits of Boston, until almost every morning brings 
a recoid of a new outrage by midnight plunderers; 
that citizens have a right to look to their local 
government for all the protection in its power to 
grant, to the end that they may be secure in their 
persons and property, and enjoy the sanctity or' 
their homes without even a fear of unlawful mo- 
lestation; that at the present time numerous 
households, in every section of the cuy, are 
nightly kept in a state of disquiet and alarm, 
from tear of such burglarious visitations as 
have overtaken " their neighbors; that no police 
arrangements seem t;i be sufficient to detector 
defeat the operations of the horde of robbers who 
so annoy and disturb our peaceable tax-paying 
citizens, and that therefore some method should 
be devised by the Government which would tend 
to "thin out ' the burglars, and render their occu- 
pation too hazardous to be pursued. 

To this end, alter a careful consideration of the 
subject, and some study of the law of cause and 
eiiict, for myself and my neighbors and numerous 
fellow-citizens who can testify feelingly on the 
subject, 1 respectfully suggest, as one of the surest 
means of giving quietus to professional burglary 
in our municipality, and of inducing such villainous 
gentry to devour 'each other, that the Board of 
Aldermen request His Honor the Mayor to offer a 
standing reward of one thousand dollars to any 
person who will give information which shall lead 
to the arrest and conviction of a burglar, for the 
commission of any burglarious act within the 
liiniis of the city of Boston. 

Albert J. Wright. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION HO BUILD. 

Wilson & Drake, Monmouth street, between 
Brooks and Marion streets; Timothy Connelley, 8ti 
West Cedar street; Chamberlain & 31 arscon, 294 
Harrison avenue; Nathaniel Hill, 10, 18 and 20 
Snowhill street; A. Mireson, 1711 and 171S Wash- 
ington street; S. S. Cudworth, E. Chester avenue; 
J.McGarty, 181 Cabot street; Charles L. Haley, 
corner of Congress and Water streets; W. F. Hor- 
ton, Third street, between F and Dorchester 
streets; Win. E. Donnell, 10 Cooper street; A. T. 
Tibbetts, Pierpout, near Station street; J. O. 
Mason, 17 Essex street; W. F. Savage, LJ88 Tre- 
mont street; M. T. Kyder, 2t>3 Second street; Wm. 
B. Duggan, Vinton street; George Emerson, cor- 
ner of Hanover and Union streets; Mark Dowling, 
corner of R and Fourth streets; Richardson & 
Young, 12 Ferry street: E. C. Burford, Centre 
street; H. R. Piympton, 506 and (iOO Washington 
street. Severally referred to the Committee on 
Streets. 

HEARINGS OH ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on the proposed widening of Web- 
ber street, between Harrison avenue and Fellows 
street, was taken up, and no person appearing, the 
report was recommitted. 

i'he hearings on petitions of George A. Ward- 
well for leave to erect a stable on London street; 
of B. W. laggard, a stable on Worcester street, 
and of Porter & Foster, a stable on Ltica stieet, 
were taken up. No objections were raised, and 
the reports were recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order to pay the heirs of William Foster $23,- 
752 87 for Purchase street damages, to be charged 
to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Order to pay Henry A. Thomas $13,770 for Bed- 
ford street damages, to be charged to the appro- 
priation for Widening Streets. 

Order to pay William J. Stuart SG940 for Eliot 
street damages, to be charged to the Eliot Street 
Loan. 

Order to pay E. II. Derby, trustee, SCC00 for Han- 
over street damages, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover Street Loan. 

Order to pay Augusta Wolf, wife of Jacob Wolf, 
S'5500 for Hanover street damages, to be charged 
to the second Hanover Street Loan. 

Order to pay heirs of Andrew P. Young S700 for 
Hanover street damages, to be charged to the 
Second Hanover Street Loan. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of M. Jennie McDonald was re- 
ferred, in concurrence. 



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The report of Joint Special Committee on Suffolk 
Street District was recommitted, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence. 

(inter authorizing the Committee on Public 
Buildings to procure more suitable accommoda- 
tions for a ward r<» m in Ward 13. 

Order upon the' expediency of procuring a site 
and for a building for a want room and police sta- 
tion in Ward 14. 

ord sr for the observance of Washington's Lir h- 
day. 

ELECTION OF ASSESSORS. 

Alderman Connor, from the Committee to Nom- 
inate Candidates for Assessors, matte arepcrt, in 
part, nominating the following-named persons lor 
principal Assessors: 

Thomas Hills, Benjamin Cuehing, Horace Smith, 
Thomas J. Bancroft, James Kitchie. 

A ballot was oaken with ths following result: 

Thomas Hills, li; Benjamin rushing, 9; Horace 
Smith. 10; Thcs. J. Bancroft, 8; .lames Kitchie, 8; 
and were elected. Daniel H. Whitney had 4, anu 
Geo. E. luchardson 5. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

AHerman Cowdin, from the Committee on Steam 
Engines, reported on the petition of E. P. Marvin, 
for leave to put a boiler at No. 4 i'rovinee court, 
that leave be granted. Accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee < n Ft>n- 
euil Hail. rep< rted in favor of the petition ot Eten 
Tourjee and others lor the use of Faneuil Hail on 
Wednesday evenings, for religious meetings. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on street-, 
reported no action necessary on smithy notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, repelled m favor of the petition of W. 
J. Sullivan tor leave to give an entertainment at 
Franklin Hall, February 78th, and of i'eter F. Ha> 
dy, for leave to give a ci : amatic entertainment at 
Minot Hall, Feb. 72d. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter also reported licenses to 14 
newsboys and to one boy as a bootblack; also for 
the transfer of wagon licenses. Severally accept- 
ed. 

Alderman Connor, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Public Instruction, to whom was referred 
the petition of the Trustees of the Koxbury Latin 
School, for an appropriation in aid of said school, 
made a report, as follows: 

By an act ot the Legislature of 1809, the city was 
authorized to appropriate a sum not exceeuing 
$3000 in anv single year for the maintenance of 
this school," provided that the Trustees should 
report annually to the School Committee in regard 
to the standing and condition of the school, and 
such statistics as are required of the Boston Latin 
School. An appropriation of $3000 was made liy 
the City Council last year, and has been expended 
mainly upon repairs of the school building. An 
appropriation of $2000 is asked this year for sup- 
plying the school with Cochituate water, for appa- 
ratus ami books of reference, and for increasing 
the salaries of valuable teachers. 

This school was established in lt>45, and is support- 
ed by the income of a fund derived chiefly from the 
lease of lands bequeathed to It in 1671 by Thomas 
Bell of London. At the expiration of some of the 
present leases, the income will be sufficient to 
make this school entirely self-sustaining. It is 
free to pupils from all sections of the city ; and the 
Ti u stees state in the communication that it bears 
the same relation to the Boston Latin school that 
the Koxbury High School bears to the Uirls' High 
and Normal School; and while it relieves the Bus- 
ton Latin school, already crowded, it saves this 
city annually not less than .>;5u00 or £0000 by edu- 
cating nearly eighty beys. 

This is the only school not under the direct con- 
trol of the School Committee which receives aid 
from the City Council, and its claims are therefore 
proper'y subject to careful scrutiny. 

In view of the special authority from the Legis- 
lature authorizing appropriations, and the excep- 
tionally strong claim of the petitioners, the Com- 
mittee feel justified in recommending the passage 
of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to the 
Trustees of the Koxbury Latin Sthool the sum of 
SiiOOO, to be expended in such manner as they shall 
deem expedient for the maintenance of said school, 
prdvided that said Trustees shall make the annua) 



report mentioned in the act of the Legislature con- 
cerning saitl school, approved April 13th, 1809. 

The report was accepted, and the order was read 
once. 

FREE BOOKS FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 

Alderman Connor, from the same Committee, 
who were requested to consider the expediency of 
lurnishing books and stationery fiee oi expense to 
the pupils of all the public school, made a report, 
as follows: 

This subject is one of the most important which 
the City Council will be called upon to consider, 
our puDiic school system has long been regarded 
with complacent pride by the citizens; but while 
we have been resting contentedly on our sense of 
perfection in that department of our municipal 
government, recent examinations show that outer 
cities have gone beyond us in some important par- 
ticular. 

Ihis lailure to keep pace in all respects with the 
progress of the timts is owing to no want of liber- 
ality on the part of the citizens; for on those 
points which gave us our own reputation on the 
s r art, we still continue to lead. Our school build- 
ings, taken altogether, are undoubtedly the best 
in ihe L nited states, and our teachers are paid on 
the average the highest salaries. Where we have 
failed has been in the lack of appreciation of new 
methods and appliances introduced by others. It 
is only necessaiy, we are sure, to point out wheie- 
ln we are deficient to secure prompt action in re- 
pairing the deficiency. 

We now furnish schoolhouses, teachers, maps, 
globes, reference books and ink for the education- 
al department, but oblige the pupils, except those 
whose parents are in indigent circumstances, to 
furnish text-tooks and pens. 

Philadelphia furnishes books free to all pupils, 
at an expense, according to the last report, of less 
than one dollar for eacn scholar. .New lork fur- 
nishes books and stationery, at an expense of 
about two dollars for each scholar. 

The statute law now in force in this Common- 
wealth provides that if any scholar is not furnish- 
ed by nis parent, master or guardian with the 
requisite books, he shall be supplied therewith by 
the School Committee at the expense of the town; 
and the School Committee are required to give no- 
tice in writing to the Assessors of the names of 
the scholars supplied, and the Assessors shall add 
the price of the books to the next annual tax of 
such parents, masters or guardians. 

These provisions, so far as they relate to the col- 
lection of the price of the books from the parents 
&c. of the pupil, have not been enforced in this 
city, for the reason that the books are not actually 
given to the pupils, but are stamped "The property 
of the city of Boston." The expense for thus fur- 
nishing books to indigent children in the Grammar 
and Primary schools in 1857-58 amounted to S1318 
15; in 1868-09 to $13,888 20. The amount of appro- 
priation for 1869-70 was $16,500. Out of 33,535 chil- 
dren in the schools, 15,650 were supplied in whole 
or in part with books by the city. The cost of these 
books from 1865 to 1869 was S66*500. 

The estimated expense for furnishing books and 
stationery free to all the pupils is 557,000 for the 
ensuing year. 

We could suggest ways and means by which this 
additional expense of furnishing books and sta- 
tionery could be covered, or nearly so by a reduc- 
tion of expenses in other directions. In the con- 
struction of new schoolhouses there is an unnec- 
essary expense for ornamentation and architec- 
tural display. By doing away with these and with 
extra rooms for teachers and the elaborate finish 
of certain portions of the interiors, the cost would 
be greatly reduced and the cause of education 
certainly would not be injuriously affected. 

Many valuable suggestions for the improvement 
of our system are to be found in an able report on 
"The Public Schools and the Systems of Public 
Instruction in the Cities of Aew York, Philadel- 
phia, Baltimcre and Washington," printed by the 
school Board of Boston in 1867. 

Copies of the report, prepared by gentlemen who 
possessed a thorough practical knowledge of our 
own system, will be furnished to the members of 
the City Council, and we commend it to their care- 
ful consideration. 

Believing that the efficiency of our school sys- 
tem would be greatly promoted by furnishing 
books to all the pupils, without discrimination, 
the Committee would respectfully recommend the 
passage of the accompanying order: 



FEBRUARY 3 1, 187G 



89 



Ordered, That the Committee of the City Coun- 
cil on Legislative Matters be requested to apply to 
the Legislature for the passage of an act author- 
izing the City Council of Boston, if they deem it 
expedient, to furnish books and stationery free of 
expense to the pupils in the public schools. 

The order being on it? passage, 

Alderman Talbot inquired if it was not possible 
to provide in the furnishing of books, that changes 
of nooks shall not be made by the school Commit- 
tee by a bare majority of votes. Unless such a 
provision be made the School Committee will be 
harrassed by publishers of school books as are the 
Committee on leaving far trials of new kinds of 
woouen pavement, ihere should at least be re- 
quired a vote of two-thirds for a change of school 
books. 

AK.trman Connor thought the inquiry a good 
one, but the Committee thought the sunject one 
which did not belong to this Board. They did not 
wish to infringe upon the rights of tne school 
Committee, but he believed a change of books 
should not lie made without a vote of three-fourths. 
J f thought expedient, such wise provisions might 
be made. 

Alderman Talbot did not think such a provision 
would be out of the line of this Board, which was 
called up to provide lor the expense of the school 
bouks. To neglect to do so would rather be like 
shirking their duty. 

Alderman Connor was willing that such a pro- 
vision should be made, having in view the impor- 
tance of the subject. The Committee, he repeated, 
were afraid that by proposing such a provision 
would be an tnterierence of the duties of the 
School Committee. 

The order was passed. 

RULES MD REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERITMENT 
OF THE POLICE. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, made a reoprt, submitting the rules and reg- 
ulations for the government of the Boston Police, 
with a recommendation of their adoption. The 
Committee say: 

The principal changes proposed in the rules now in 
force are for the purpose of giving the Chief of Police 
more complete control of the discipline and man- 
agement of the members of the Department, and 
providing for the prompt and efficient performance 
of such special or detective service as may be 
found necessary in particular cases. The Chief or 
his Deputy are authorized, when occasion requires, 
to call upon any member of the Department to per- 
form special duty at the central office or elsewhere. 

The opportunity thus afforded to every member 
of the Department to obtain recognition of his 
abilities is calculated to give a healthy stimulus 
to the whole force. The advantages possessed by 
a select body of men as detectives, and acquiring a 
familiarity with certain classes of criminals, are 
more than counterbalanced by the intimate and 
dangerous knowledge easily gained by the crimi- 
nals of the habits and disposition of the detective. 
When a body of five hundred men is made avail- 
able, the lack of individual experience will 
be compensated by the greater energy and 
determination of those selected for spec- 
ial duty, and the want of knowledge on 
the part of the criminal of his pursuer. 

This proposed change in the performance of the 
detective service will, we think, be the means of 
checking the present vicious policy of making 
compromises or arrangements, especially between 
thieves and the persons from whom'they have 
stolen. It should be impressed upon every 'officer 
that his first duty is to secure the criminal ; that he 
is not appointed to act as a broker or middleman 
between the criminal and his victim, but upon 
broad grounds of public policy; and that he is not 
clothed with any judicial power to decide on the 
measure of punishment to be awarded to crimi- 
nals. His duty is to use all proper and lawful 
means for procuring the body of the criminal, and 
producing it in court with his evidence. 

It may seem superfluous to repeat such well- 
known rules ; but unfortunately the Police system 
throughout the country has become so impreg- 
nated with the compromise theory that the plainest 
principles of law and public policy have been for- 
gotten or neglected. Unless there is a return to 
sounder ideas of police duty it will be found nec- 
essary to enact laws enabling the Govern- 
ment to retain possession of property recovered 
until the thieves have been brought to justice. 



With a view to prevent, as far as possible, any 
member of the Boston Department from being 
hereafter concerned in such compromises or 
arrangements, a stringent rule is inserted among 
the proposed amendments, making offenders sub- 
ject to immediate dismissal from the force. Some 
other amendments, of minor importance, are pro- 
posed, to promote the efficiency of the Depart- 
ment. 

The report was accepted, and the rules and reg- 
ulations were laid on the table and ordered to be 
printed. 

The first amended rule is as follows : 

1. lhe Chief of Police shall be the chief execu- 
tive officer of the Police Department, and shall be 
responsible for its discipline and efficiency. He 
shad report all instances of wiltul disobedience or 
neglect of duty to the Mayor 

'ihe ninth mle is amended so that cases of 
suspensions for a short teim, and the granting of 
lurloiighs, are not required to be reported to the 
-Viayor, 

uther amended rules are as follows : 

10. The Chief, and in his absence, the Deputy 
Chief, may at any time detail such and so many 
officers of either rank, from one or more of the 
police stations in the city, for special duty at the 
centrai office, or elsewhere, as maybe required, for 
defective or other service. The officers so deta led 
shall be under the immediate command of the 
Chief or the Deputy, and shall hold themselves m 
readiness to answer any cabs made upon them by 
those officers in connection with the business of 
the Department. 

17. The Chief, and in his absence the Deputy, may 
in their discretion send any officers of the De- 
partment out of the city or the State in pursuit of 
any fugitive from justice, or to recover stolen 
'.properly, but no bills for expenses or extra service 
shall be contracted against the city without the 
approval of the Committee on Police. 

18. When any person is taken into custody by 
the officers detailed at the central office, he shah, 
if practicable, be conveyed to the central office, 
and a full description of his person and the time 
and cause of his arrest, his name and that of the 
arresting officer, with the amount and description 
of property taken from his person, shall be record- 
ed in the book kept for that purpose. The prop- 
erty taken from any person shall be put together, 
carefully narked, and left with the Clerk of Police. 

19. The dress or uniform of the officers detailed 
at the central office, or elsewhere, for special duty, 
shall be regulated by the Chief or the Deputy. 

20. The officers detailed for special duty at the 
central office, or elsewhere, shall receive such 
compensation for extra service as the Committee 
on Police may from time to time determine. 

21. The central office, at City Hall, shall be kept 
open from 9 o'clock A. M. until ti o'clock P. M. 
From (i o'clock P. M. to 9 o'clock A. M. the central 
office shall be established at the second Police 
Station in Court square. 

33. No member shall, directly or hidirectly, be 
concerned in making any compromise or arrange- 
ment between thieves or other criminals and per- 
sons who have suffered by their acts, with a view 
to permitting the criminals to escape the penalties 
provided by law; and a^y officer who has any part 
in such compromises or arrangements, or has any 
knowledge thereof, and fails to give information to 
his superior officer, or the District Attorney, or a 
.Justice of one of the courts, shall be subject to 
immediate dismissal by the Mayor. 

Kale 35, the former 29, is amended to provide 
that charges shall be made upon permission of the 
Chief instead of the Mayor, and when the evidence 
as reported is sufficient to warrant a removal, then 
it shall be reported to the Mayor. 

42. The watch shall be set at the hour next after 
sunset. 

44 provides that a list of all articles taken, found 
or recovered shall be furnished to the Clerk of 
Police every day, at 9 o'clock, 12 o'clock and 5 
o'clock, the Clerk to keep a careful record of the 
same and to furnish information to persons mak- 
ing inquiries for property lost or st..len,and to 
advertise the same, under, direction of the Chief, 
when not called for within a reasonable time. 

in 109, relating to sick or disabled .officers, it is 
provided that in ordinary cases of sickness pay 
maybe allowed for such length of time ,&s_ the ' 
Committee on Police may determine. 

These are all the changes proposed, except seme 
of a verbal character. 



40 



BOAKD OF 



ALDERMEN 



l.Tl'IRT ON EXTENDING 8TEEETS. 

Alderman Talbot, ffi m the Committee on Stre< ts, 
lepor.od :o.i\ e to withdi aw on the sev< ral pi tit i( us 
ol Cyrus Wakefield and others, for the exteiii ion of 
Washington streel to Haymarket square; ol Jor- 
dan, .viarsb cV Co. and others, for thewidenii g and 
exti osioii of Portland Btreet to Washington si iet; 
of tl e Boston & Lowell and Eastern Hailroad Com- 
I'-.iiit, tor the extension of Washington si 
through Portland street; of Albert J. Wright and 

01 hers, for the extension and widening of Tri mont 
street through various streets to Craigie's bri 
ami of Jacob Hal) and others, for the extension of 
Atlaiit.C avenue. 

I'hese reports ware severally laid over for con- 
sideration. 

Abb mien llawes, Gibson and Pierce were ap- 
pointed a committee to nominate candidates for 
tie) l Drivers, li spectorsof Linie, Cullers of llooj o, 
lYund Keepers, and Fence Viewers. 

ORDERS OF KOTICE. 

On the petition of Chas. Spofford, for leave to put 
a steam engine' and boiler in the carriage factory 
corner of Third and F streets. Hearing Monday. 
March 14, 4 1*. M. 

On a in. i ice to parties interested, that a tree in 
front of .No. s McLean btreet should i e adjudged a 
iiuisari< e. Hearing Monday, March 28, 4 P, .\i. 

on the proposed widening of summer street, 
lecweeii high and Federal streets. Hearing Mon- 
day, March i, 4 P.M. 

(in ih 2 proposed widening of East street, near 
Fed< ral street. Hearing Monday, March 7, 4 i'. jvi. 

On the proposed widening of Warren street, 
westerly side, between CJift street and the estate 
i 1 Sarah, wile of George It. slader. Hearing Mon- 
day, March 7, 4 P.M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That the heads of the several depart- 
ments of the City U-overnment be requested, in the 
i mployment of persons for se vice in their depart- 
ments, in give the preference, other things being 
equal, to persons who performed honorable ser- 
vice in the laie war, ard are residents of this city. 

In support of the order, Alderman Cowdin said 
he designed oniy worthy persons, for it was well 
known that towards the close of the war, many 
persons who were enlisted as substitutes were not 
altogether of a reliable character. Where, as ex- 
pressed in the order, other things were equal, he 
would give the preference to the soldier; antt those 
should in st I. e eared for who were our own citi- 
zens, and have c'one honorable service. 

On motion of Aldeiman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Captain ol Police Station IVo. 

2 be authorized to close Wilson's lane against ihc 
passage ol vehicles for three days, in oraer to effect 
the rei uilcling of the sales of the Merchants' Bank. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Public 
Library consider the expediency of furnishing du- 
plicate copies of certain books in the l'ublic Libra- 
ry to the uitterent engine houses ior the use of the 
firemen. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Paving be au- 
thorized to appear before the Committee on Judi- 
ciary of the Legislature and urge the passage of an 
act to regulate the conveyance of persons by street 
ears, aim to require the' railroad. corporations to 
make such changes in the constructions of their 
cars as the pubhc safety and convenience demand. 
Ordered, That there be paid to the legal repre- 
resentativi • i f Mary H. Fenno, deceased, the sum 
oi $790 in full compensation for all damages done 
to her estate numbered 535 Sbawmut avenue, by 
the raising of the grade of said shawmut avi nut", 
as ordered 1 y the Board of Aldermen, Aug. 1, 1808, 
upon the t.ile to said estate being proved to iho 
satisfaction of the Ciiy solicitor, and upon said 
legal representative giving to the city an acquit- 
tance and discharge for all damages, costs and ex- 
penses oji account of the raising of said grade; 
the same to be charged to the appropriation for 
paving. 
On motion of Alderman Pierce, 
Whereas, It appears to this Beard that the old 
elm tree standing in the sidewalk at 25-27 south 
street is dangerous to the public travel, and is 
therefore a nuisance; it is hereby- 
Ordered, lb at the Supeiintendent of the Com- 
mon cause said tree to be cut down; and if it shall 
become necessary, the Chief of Police is hereby 



authorized to clcse said street against the passage 
of vehicles while the removal 6t caul tree is in 
progr< • s. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets 

use the two trees in front of premises 710,712 

Federal street to be remove I, the owner of said es- 

tati s having signihe l her assent to said removal. 

On motion oi Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent ol" Public 
Buildings be instructed to keep the snow removed 
from the several sidevi alks of all the Grammar and 
Primary schoolhouses, the expense thereof to be 
i i id from the appropriations for Grammar and 
Primary Schools, Public Buildings. 

on motion of Alderman tfawes, 

Ordered, That the Engineers of the Fire Depart- 
ment of Dorchester be adopted as a part oi the 
Fire Department of Boston, and tb„t said Engi- 
neers thereof i e paid at the i ame rates as are paid 
to the Engineers of the Fire Department; and 
that such payment be made from the 3d of Janua- 
ry, 1870. 

Ordered, That the Assistant Engineers of the. 
Fire Department connected with the companies 
now organized in Ward 10 lie paid, until otherwise 
ordered, at Hi e same rates that Assistant Engi- 
neers in other sections of the city are paid, said 
payments to be made from the 3d day of January 
last. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

< (rdered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment tie directed to report to the City Council 
the number of times during the year 18(59 that each 
engine, hose and hook and lander company was 
( a: led out on the first alarm of tire and the number 
of times on the second alarm; also the amount of 
duty performed by the several Assistant Engineers 
at these different alarms ; also the amount oi fire ap- 
paratus in A\ ard lei. and an estimate of the amount 
of service that will be required of said apparatus 
yearly. 

Ordered, That (here be paid to the hiirs of Thos. 
Capen the sum of $44,971, for land taken and all dam- 
ages of eyery nature occasioned by the widening 
oi Hanover street, by a resolve approved Decem- 
ber 31, 18U8, to be charged to the First Hanover 
street Loan. 

Orders of notice to quit were passed to Thomas 
Sprague and others, to remove ail projections over 
the line of widening of Federal street,' on or before 
the 1st April next; also to William H. Milton and 
others, to remove all projections over the line of 
extension ci Zeigler street, on or before the 1st of 
May. 

An order was a.so passed for the collection of 
sidewalk assessments on D, Appleton, Dorchester, 
Ihird, corner of C street, ana in Pleasant street, 
Ward 16. 

Aldeiman Talbot offered the following order: 

Ordered, That all permits granted by the Chief 
of Police, or his Deputy, under the authority < f this 
Board, to use any portion of the business streets 
in front of any estate for building purposes, shall 
be revocable at any time, and -io permits shall be 
granted excepon the following conditions, namely : 
" That as soon as the building is ready to receive 
the hist or street noor, a permanent sidewalk of 
stone, brick or iron shall be completed, except the 
spaces for Hyatt lights, which shall be tilled with 
two-inch "planks properly fitted and secured; and 
that any temporary structure or "lean-to" shall not 
project over the sidewalk mere than two feet from 
the line of the building; and that no poitlou of 
the sidewalk or street shall be used for materials 
not immediately required for the construction of 
the building. 

Alderman Talbot stated in explanation of the 
order that he hud several times recently been 
called upon to act as a police man, on account of 
obstructions of the streets by persons engaged in 
buildino. In Congress street, Beach street, Avon 
and Chauncy streets, parties engaged in building 
had not only obstructed the walks by "lean-tos. - ' 
but had obstructed the streets by materials, and in 
Avon street large quantities of dirt had been al- 
lowed to collect, so as greatly tool struct travel for 
some days. He would not throw obstacles in the 
way of builders or owners of estates, but they 
should be made to conform to reasonable rules and 
regulations. In Castle street, too, where steps had 
been required to be removed early in January, 
there had been an entire disregard to the order, 
the order was laid over. 
Adjourned. 



41 



COMMON COUNCIL, 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

FEBRUARY 24, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 1% o'clock, M. E. 
Jngalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THK BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Kuxus Ellis in behalf of the 
Children's Friend Society, and of Charlotte E. 
Baker, were severally referred in concurrence. 

The following orders were read twice and passed 
in concurrence. 

Order for heads of departments to prefer for em- 
ployment in the city service persons (other things 
oeing equal) vvlio performed lionorabie service in 
t*ie late war. 

Order for C aimittee on the Library to consider 
the expeuiency of furnishing duplicate copies of 
certain books to the engine houses for the use of 
firemen. 

Order that the Assistant Engineers of the Fire 
Department connected with the companies in 
Ward 10 be paid at the same rates as other Assist- 
ant Engineers in other sections of the city are paid. 

Order for the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment to report the times in 1809 that each en- 
gine, hose, and hook-and-ladder company was 
called out on the first and second alarms of fire ; 
the amount of duty performed by the Assistant 
Engineers at these aiarms ; the amount of fire 
apparatus in Ward 10; and an estimate of the 
amount of service that will be required of said 
apparatus yearly. 

urder authorizing Committee on Paving to ap- 
pear before the Committee on Judiciary of the 
legislature, to urge the passage of an act to regu- 
late the conveyance of passengers by street cars, 
and to require railroad corporations to make such 
changes in the construction of their cars as the 
public safety demands. 

The following orders were each read once: 

Order for Superintendent of Public Buildings to 
cause the sidewalks of schoolhouses to be kept 
free of snow. 

Order that the Engineers of the Fire Department 
in Dorchester be adopted as part of the Fire De- 
partment of Boston, and be paid at the same rates 
as the other Engineeis are paid. 

Order requesting Committee on Legislative Mat- 
ters to appiy to the Legislature for an act author- 
izing the City Council to furnish books and sta- 
tionery, free of expense, to the pupils of the public 
school's. 

EJECTION OF ASSESSORS. 

The certificate of election of Principal Assessors 
by the Board of Aldermen was read, when the 
Council proceeded to an election, with the follow- 
ing result : 

Whole number of votes 51 

Necessary to a choice 2t; 

Thomas Hills 39 

Benjamin ( ushing 34 

Horace Smith 42 

Thos. J. Bancroft 41 

James Kitchie 27 

George E. Kichardson 29 

Daniel H. Whitney 25 

James H. I pham 7 

Messrs. Hills, Cushing, Smith, and Bancroft 
were declared to be elected in concurrence, and 
Mr. Richardson ill non-concurrence, in place of 
Mr. Ritchie. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The order to pay the salary of the late Chief of 
Police till the tirst day of April was considered. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 opposed the order on the 
ground that if the Chief resigned to prevent being 
turned out of office, it would be paying a premium 
to unworthy officers to resign. If he was to be 
paid for services which he did not perform, why 
not, also, pay the detective officers who were turn- 
ed out of office ? And why not, also, pay the 
laborers who might be turned cu": of employment 



in the Internal Health Department? He believed 
it to be unjust and uncalled for, and he hoped the 
order would be rejected. 

The order was 1 ejected.' 

The order authorizing the making of such alter- 
ations as are necessary to connect the heating 
apparatus at the Charity Bureau with the new 
boiler-house was read a second time and passed. 

. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Cray of Ward 12, from the Joint Special 
Committee to dominate Superintendents of 
Bridges, made a report, recommending the follow- 
ing named persons: 

Chelsea street bridge — Edward T. Stowers. 

Dover street bridge— Angus Kelson. 

Federal stieet bridge — Jacob N orris. 

Meridian street bridge — Aimer Knight. 

Mount Washington aveaue bridge — George H. 
Davis. 

Aeponset bridge — John Glavin. 

Granite bridge — B. S. Hawes. 

The report was accepted. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Ordinances, to whom was referred, 
the ordinance to amend the ordinance in relation 
to the Fire Department, by increasing the number 
of Assistant Engineers, made a report that the 
ordinance is correctly drawn. 

The report was accepted, and ordinance provid- 
ing for an increase of the number of Assistant 
Engineers from thirteen to lourteen was read 
twice and passed. 

Mr. Hall, from the same committee, t > whom 
was referred the ordinance to amend an ordinance 
concerning the assessment and collection of taxes, 
made a report that the ordinance ought to pass. 

The ordinance was read once. 

The same committee, to whom were referred the 
ordinances to amend the ordinances relating to 
the Fire Department and Common and Squares, 
so as to place the administration of those depart- 
ments in the hands of the City Council instead of 
the Board of Aldermen, made a report that the 
ordinances are correctly drawn. 

The report was accepted and the ordinances 
were severally read twice and passed. 

The same committee, on the order to amend the 
joint rules and orders of the City Council so as to 
provide for the appointment of Joint Committees 
on Common and Public Grounds and Fire Depart- 
ment, made a report that the amendments were 
correctly drawn. 

The report was accepted, and the order to amend 
the rules was passed. 

The Chair appointed the Committees on Common 
and on Fire Department of the Common Council as 
the Joint Committees on the part of the Council, 
under the above amended rules. 

The same committee, "who were requested to 
consider the expediency of amending the ordinance 
relating to the Water Works, so that the charge 
for water used for public bath-tubs shall be the 
same as the charge for private bath-tubs, made a 
report that in their opinion it would be inexpe- 
dient to amend the oidmance, as proposed. 
The report was accepted. 

ELECTION OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF BRIDGES. 

The Council proceeded to the election of Super- 
intendents of Bridges, with the following results: 

Superintendent of Chelsea Street Bridge— Ed- 
ward T. Stowers, by a vote of 51, two others one 
each. 

Superintendent of Dover Street Bridge — Angus 
Kelson, 43: Michael Lalley, 4; four others one each. 

Superintendent of Federal street Bridge— Jacob 
Norris, 35; Wm. Hobbs and O. Spurr 3 each; B. C. 
Piper. James McCarty, 2 each; four others one 
each. 

Superintendent of Meridian Street Bridge— Ab- 
ner Knight, 35; seven others, one each. 

Superintendent of Mount Washington Avenue 
Bridge— George H. Davis, 36; all others, 8. 

Superintendent of Neponset Bridge— John Gla- 
vin, 42; all others, 4. 

Superintendent of Granite Bridge — B. S. Hawes 
41 ; scattering, 2. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Hall of Ward 1, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 
the Harbor be authorized to sell by public auction 
or otherwise, as they raay deem best for the city's 
interest, the steam dredging machine "General 
Tyler," the proceeds of said sale to be paid into 
the City Treaeurv. 



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In support of the order, Mr. Hall said the dredg- 
ing machine was on the hands of the Committee 
on Harbor, who had no immediate use for it, and 
were anxious for authority and instructions rela- 
tive to the disposal of it. It was in need of exten- 
sive repairs, and the Commiitee wished for in- 
structions as soon as possible. 

On motion of Mr. Gray of Ward 12, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to repair the damages caused 



by fire at the Webster Primary Schoolhouse, the 
expense therefor to be charged to the Appropria- 
tion for Primary Schools, Public Buildings. 

On motion of Mr. Gay of Ward 10, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to inquire into the expediency 
of providing increased ward-room accommoda- 
tions for Ward 10. 

Adjourned. 






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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 28, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen wac held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor sburt.ctl presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CiXTFIEilED. 

Constable — Ephraim W. Farr. 
Five Department — tY r inIield 8. Leightcn, Hose 
Mo. 8; Mortimer D. (Jill. Hook and Ladder No. 1. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Charles T. Powell and others, that sidewalks he 
laid on Alaska, Perrin, Waverley and Moreland 
streets. 

James McCaflferty and others, that a portion of 
Gold street, near their estates, may be graded, etc. 

John lamb, that >orthlield street be graded. 

John B. Babcock and others, th.it the names of 
West Chester avenue, Chester square, Jtc, be 
changed to Chester park. 

B. Jones, for leave to erect a water tank at the 
end of Fruit street. 

J. Avery Richards and others, that a crossing be 
laid from Pierce s corner, Fremont street, diag- 
onally to the northwesterly corner of Tiemont 
street and the avenue leading to Pcuiberton 
square. 

severally referred to the Committee on Paving, 
the lasc with full powers. 

Josiah >1. thing, to be appointed a constable in 
tb s ciiy. lieiened to the Committeeon Police. 

thanes H. Bacon, Joseph Carew, Wm. W. Ba- 
ker, uustee, and Eliza U. Townsend, severally for 
apportionment of Fremont street betterment. 

Josiah Cuincy and others, that Broad, Commer- 
cial and Causeway streets in ly be laid out to the 
same width with Atlantic avenue, so as to make a 
marginal street cf one hundred feet in width 
around the city, from summer street to Levcrett 
street. 

severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

IF B. Kenrick & Co. and others, for a sewer in 
Lexingti n street, near Putnam street. 

John McFlroy and otheis, for a sewer in Vernon 
street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on sewers. 

J. VV. Caldwell lor leave to give exhibitions of 
Psychology at Wait's Kail, March 1. lieferrcd to 
the Committee on Licenses. 

Eunice smith to be paid lor loss of services of 
her husband (Jacob smith), killed while in dis- 
charge of his tiuty as a fireman, 

•Margaret Murray, for compensation for iujuries 
sustained ly her husband (J homas Murray) on ac- 
count of an alleged defect in a highway. 

severally refened to the Committee on Claims. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

John Mahoney, 1252 TremDnt street; William 
Collier, 70 West Dedham street; A. D. & J. B. 
Tuttle, Ninth street, corner of Watts court; An- 
drew Gallagher, o5 Cabot street; D. W. Beckler, 
Eighth street, near I street; Joseph M. Martin, 
Hudson streer, from Dudley street (Dorchester); 
Richard Cutlaff, Lexington street, near Prescotc 
street; N. J. Bradlee, 45, 47, 40 tremont street; 
George Hargrave, 127 and 12*J Lexington street; J. 
W. Edgerly, Winchester street, corner of Edgerly 
place, and on Melrose and Charles streets, sever- 
ally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

'ihe Mayor laid before the Board the following 
communication from the Trustees of Uie Cay Hos- 
pital, which was referred to the Committee on the 
Hospital: 

February 28, 1870. 
r> His Hmir tin- Mai/or and the Citi/ Council: 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the City 
Hospital, 1 have the honor to inform you that tht y 
have received freni the exccutois of the estate of 
the Jate Jonas Ball ihe sum of 4 1000 to I e added, 
in accordance with the last will and testament cf 
said Ball, to the "clothing fund'— so-called— and 
to request that you will take such action in the 
premises as will authorize the investment of the 
principal and application of the inccme thereof in 
the simc manner and upon similar 'conditions as 
apply to iho o;igitai Tunc!, denoted I y Hun. Oti« 
Nwxros*. 



I append copies of the communication from the 
cxeeutois and the reply of the Trustees. 

l.espectfudy, John I. Bradlee, 

President Board of Trustees City Hospital. 
The following communication was received: 
Cochituate Water Board office, I 
February 28, 1870. / 
To the City Council: 

On ihe 2<Kh of September last the following or- 
der was pissed by ihe Ciiy Council: 

Ordered, 'lhat the Cochituate Water Board be 
authorized to convey water from East Boston to 
the institutions at Deer Island; and for that pur- 
pose to lay pi, es through the town of Wintnrop 
and across Shirley Uut, as provided by chapter one 
hundred and ninety-three, cf the acts of the year 
1869. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer lie authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Finance, the sum of lilVy-four thousand dollars, to 
be expended by the Cochituate Water Board in 
conveying wa'er from East Boston to Deer Island. 
Upon the receipt of the above order, the Board 
requested the City Engineer to make an accurate 
survey of the entire route, and give them a relia- 
ble estimate of the cost. Previous to the passage 
of the appropriation, he had been requested by the 
Joint Special Committee on Water to give them an 
estimate of what it would cost to lay a pipe tj 
Deer Island of sufficient size to deliver 50,800 gal- 
lons in twenty-four h rare, this amount being con- 
sidered ample for the daily v/ants of the several 
institutions on the Island, aud the estimate then 
made was sufficient for that purpose, but we now 
fin 1 that th j Directors of laiblic Institutions not 
only require this daily supply, but they wish to es- 
tablish tire-hydrants in several localities on the 
Island. 

As it is well known that a pipe which would be 
of sufficient size to furnish the require 1 quantity 
in twenty-four hours would not supply a single 
hand tire-engine in case of tire, much less would it 
be of any use attached to a tire-hydrant ; to ac- 
complish what the Directors require will necessi- 
tate the laying of much larger pipes than was at 
first contemplate 1, which will of course increase 
the first estimated cost. 1 

The Board, therefore, do not feel authorized to 
proceed with the work without further instruc- 
tions from the City Council. The additional ex- 
pense on account ol the increased size of pipe we 
estimate at twenty-one thousand dollars, making 
the total cost of the work seventy-live thousand 
dollars, instead of the fifty-four thousand already 
appropriated. 

If, in the opinion of the City Council, it is still 
desiranle to convey the water to Deer Ishind, it 
will be necessary to make a further appropriation 
of twenty-one thousand dollais. 
Kespectfully submitted. 

Nathaniel J. Bradlee, 
President Cochituate Water Board. 
Referred to Committee on Water. 
report of trustees of cedar grove c EMETEEV, 
The second annual report of the Commissioners 
of Cedar Grove Cemetery (Dorchester) was laid 
before the Board. 

The report states that during the last year James 
Emery entered upon the discharge of his du*ies 
as superintendent, and the work upon the grounds 
and structures of the cemetery has been carried 
forward mainly in accordance with the designs of 
Luther Briggs," Esq.. as rapidly and successfully as 
was promised in the last year s report. 

The small dwelling-house, which then stood near 
the main entrance in Adams stieet, has been re- 
moved to a suitable location on Milton stieet, en- 
larged and fitted for the Superintendent's resi- 
dence, and is now occupied as such; the necessary 
stables, sheds, and houses for tools and storage 
have also been completed. 

To protect the grounds from intrusion and afford 
such security as the uses to which the place is 
devoted require, substantial fences hive been 
erected, el which 2200 Hueal leet, between the 
cemetery and the street, are wrought lences of 
appropr ate design, while those dividing it from 
private lands, though plain, are equally durable. 

A handsome receiving tomb, having its exterior 
face of Koxbury stone and Kockport granite, has 
been built, with forty compartments, and is occu- 
pied. 

uf avenues and paths, the loam and rock have 
been removed to the extent of 10,800 lineal feet, 
and the same have been constructed so far as i.'i 
required for ^rescue use, while 10SJ lineal- feet cf- 



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th 1 same have teen permanently construct -<1 of 
stone and gravel in the best manner. 

Ac the main entrance gra.iLe posts of good stylo 
and workmanship have iieen set an I are in readi- 
ness for the iron gates, which have been already 
c()nt acted for. About K)0 feet of circular cuil- 
stcne h ive teen se ; at this entrance, and contigu- 
ous, iharaio, a small building for loagc and office 
hi s Leen built. 

Ka r progress has been made gpen the ponds 
near the. railway station. The cemetery has a so 
le n i'urnisbe 1 during the year with the hoises, 
carte, harnesses, tools and other appliances neces- 
i-n.v for the works in progress. 

Bvthe provisions ol the act uniting Boston to , 
Dorchester, the present city succeeds to the propr 
erry, rights, trusts, and duties of the late town, 
and, among others, to the trust of holding the title 
to the cemeteiV proven v for the uses and purposes 
enumerated in the act of the Legislature Ly virtue 
of whi eh the cemetery is organized, it has there- 
fore beaoiue necessary to make a corresponding 
change in the phraseology of the deeds given to 
the purchasers of the lots. * * * * 

A vacancy, to he rilled by trie City Council, will 
occur in March, 1x70, by the extpira.ion of the term 
of one of the Commit -s.'oners. ■ 

The interest felt in this cemetery by the citizens 
cf Dorchester has not been diminished by the line 
whii h separated the, town f r< m Boston. On the 
contraiy. the impetus given, to improvements in 
the neighborhood Ly the Union, and the i»r< gress 
made in developing the cemetery grounds have 
increased their attachment to the place, and their 
desire to cooperate in making it a beautiful resi- 
ing-place i'tr their ilead. , 

A statement of the receipts and expenditures is 
appended, the amount ol receipts being .^2,034, 
with a bi'l.ince on hand of .*511C 76. 

'Ihe report is signed ly Win. Tope, Henry 1.. 
Pi -rce, Henry J. Nazio and Aibe C. Clark as Com- 
missi! ners, Wm. Pope as ch.urman, in place of 
.Nathan Ciuruth, resigned. , 

Laid on the o ible, and ordered to Le printed. 
tOM:;> nicat.on inoM iituineers ok fire de- 

PARTiTEJTl'. 

A comnvinication was received from the Chief 
Eu,rlue:r t f the Fire Department, who was retpiest- 
etlty a unanimous vote to call the attention of th3 
Hoard to the unhealthy and uncomfortable quar- 
ters occupied by Engine Company Xo. Four. Ho 
savs : 

'•The m n permanently employed by the city ae 1 
occupying this house are more or less disqualified 
for do'iirg duty by the loss of health, one or more 
being on the sict list constantly, arising from the 
unhealthy atmosphere of the house. The sleeping 
aparanmt of this house joins a paint shop, where 
green paint is used with other paints constantly 
during ♦'he day, the smell <>i which is nauseating in 
the extreme, to say nothing cf its effect on the sys- 
tem. The stable, in close proximity to the engine 
room, with no ventilation, the room being heated 
to make it comfortable to sit in, inakec it unfit and 
injurious for the horses. 

The Hoard therefore pray that your humble body 
will take su-'h steps as will give this company, who 
arc called upon to do more duty by their location 
than any other company in the Department, quar- 
ters that will not only make them comfortable 
with appropriate attention to health, but acommc- 
dations and facilities for doing their work and 
properly guarding the property intrusted to their 
care." 

Ueferred to the Committee on Public Buildings. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on orders of notice on the proposed 
widening of Hoylston street, and on the proposed 
cutting down Of a tree in McLean street, were ta- 
ken up. >o person appeared in either case, and 
the reports were recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally Jaid over to 
the next meeting: 

Keport and order to grant $2000 to the Trustees 
of the hoxbury Latin school for fcpe present muni- 
cipal year. 

Order in relation to "leai-wtos" laid over en mo- 
tion of Alderman Pope. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed : 

Ordered, That there be paid to llohert MeDevitt 
the sum of $2000 in full « mpessation for all dam- 
ages to his estates Nos. Si Ut V Broadway, by the 
raising of the grade of *atd Broadway, to be 
charged to the appropiriatwmfor Broadway. 



Ordere I, Th it th?rs be paid to Patrick O* L?ary 
$1 >J0 in full compensation for all damages done to 
hi i estate No. U70 Federal street, by the raising of 
th 3 grade of said street, to be charged to the ap- 
pr ipriatii n tor Broadway. 

ordered* That there be appropriated fur the set- 
tlement of damages arising from the raising of tre 
gra les of Broadway and Federal street the >um of 
UJ,0K) in addition to ths sum of $43,0M apprej riat- 
e I ly the B ard of Aldermen, sept. 20, ISoVt, to le ( 
ch uged >;o the appropriation for Broadway exten- 
sion- 

Ordered, That the street extending from Fort 
Point Channel to the town of Milton, a part of 
which has heretofore been called Federal street, ■ 
and a part Dorchester avenue, be hereafter called 
an I known as Dorchester avenue; and that the 
superintendent of streets be directed to place 
street signs upon and number said avenue. 

Alderman Talbot questioned tin policy of begin- 
ning a street at the oridge, while he could see an 
advantage in continuing the name Dorchester 
avenue, which would more properly tike its com- 
meneoment at the foot of summer street. 

Aldermm Carpenter stated that ths Committee 
had two hearings on the subject, in which it had 
been examined, and at the last one all of the par- 
ti:s iiarmo.iized on the action now proposed. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUITCII. , . 

The report inexpedient to amend ordinance reg- 
ulation price of water for public bath-tuDS was 
accepted- in concurrence. 

The following -orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: . 

Order authorizing the making of such altera- 
tions as are necessary to connect the healing ap- 
paratus at the Charity Bureau with the new boiler- 
h use. 

Or ier to repair Webster Schooihouse, at East 
Boston, lately injured by tire. . 

Crdcr or Committee on Harbor to sell dredging 
m icnaie "ued. lyler." 

order to inquire into expediency of providing 
bet t ward room for Ward 10. 

The o dinance to increase the number of Assist- 
ant Engineers to lourteen was passed in concur- 
rence. 

In considering the report and ordinances in rela- 
tion to the Fire Department, and Common and 
Squares (City Doc. 22-),- so much as related to the 
Fire Department was at first laid over, and the last 
was passed. 

Alderman Carpenter subsequently moved a re- 
consi leration of the vote relating to the tirst- 
named ordinance. - - : 

Alderman Hawes said he could see no reason for 
the appointment of a Joint Committee on the Fire 
Department, while there would have been if the 
city charter had made it so. The only reason he 
had heard was that in an emergency the majority 
of a Joint Committee could be got together sooner. 
The Fire Department of this city was the model 
Department of the United States; and this was 
brought about without any aid of a Joint Commit- 
tee. That was the reason why he was opposed to 
a Joint Committee on the Department, and why 
he wished to have the matter laid over. 

Alderman Carpenter stated the circumstances 
attending the appointment of the Committee on 
the order relating to Joint Committees. A consul- 
tation of the Committee with the City solicitor 
showed where the line of eluty of the Committee 
was. On most of the matters the city charter de- 
volved the duties on the Board of Aldermen. It 
was conceded that in relation to the Fire Depart- 
ment there would be no objection to a Joint Com- 
mittee, and it was weB enough, ns it wis fp^ici; 
to be a vjry important matter in tb.3 interest of the 
city. 

Allerm in Hawes stated that personally he had 
no objection to a Joint Committee on the Fire De- 
partment, but from the best information he cculd 
get, theie ohoul 1 not be such a committee. He 
could see no reason why, and believed it would be 
but a bill of expense to have such a committee. 

Alderman Cowdin said he should like to have 
the opinion of the City Solicitor on the subject; 
personally he did not care about the matter, but if 
it was to cause more expense, he slioultl be ou- 
posed to it. If constitutional and legal, he had 
not a word to say.about it. He hoped ft would be 
lat I over, and that the opinion of the City Sol'cii- 
or be obtaii.ed. To do so, he moved that it be laid 
on the table one week, and get the opinion of the 
City Solicitor. , 



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Alderman Carpenter stated that the opinion of 
the City Solicitor had been obtained, and if gen- 
tlemen were not satisfied ii had, they could ques- 
tion each member of ihe Committee. 

Alderman Hav.es move:! that the ordinance be 
laid on the table, and that the opinion of the City 
Solicitor he had in Writing. An opinion not in 
writing was not law. 

The motion v 'as lost, when the ordinance was 
passed. 

The order to amend joint rules so as to appoint 
Joint Committees on Common, <fcc, and on Fire 
Department was passed in concurrence. 

The appointment of Joint Committees was con- 
curred in. 

The Mayor joined the Committees on Fire De- 
partment and Common and I*ubiie Grounds of the 
Board of Aldermen, as the Joint Committees on 
the part of the Board, under the amended rules. 

The reports pf Committees to nominate Super- 
intendents of Bridges was accepted in concur- 
rence. 

PRINCIPAL ASSESSOR. 
The certificate of c-leetion of Principal Assessor 
was read, wheji tae Board proceeded to an elec- 
tion, and Jam s Uitehie was elected in non-con- 
currence, by a vote of 7 to 5 for Geo. E. I; ichardson. 

STTPEULVTENDE :TS OF BRIDGES. 

Elections wen made as follows, in each case in 
concurrence, ly an unanimous vote: 

.Superintendent of Granite bridge — B. S. Hawee. 

Superintendent of Meridian street bridge — Ab- 
ner Knight. 

Superintend" nt (.1" Meruit Washington avenue 
bridge— Geo. 11. Dnvis. 

Superintendent of Chelsea street bridge — Ed- 
ward T. S towers. 

Su ermte'nueiri of Dover street bridge — Angus 
Nelson. 

Superintendent of Federal street bridge— Jacob 
N orris. 

Superintendent of Neponset bridge— John Gla- 
vin. 

Alderman Connor, from the Committee to Nomi- 
nate Candidates for Assessors, reported the na i. ct; 
for First Assist aw i Assessors, as follows: 

Benjamin F. I aimer, Win. J, Ellis, Abel B. Mun- 
roe, Michael Carney, Geo. D. Kicker, Theophilus 
Burr, J. W. ( lapp, John M. Maguire, John T. 
Prince, Jos. L. Drew, Edward F. Robinson, Joseph 
F. Huntress, Jaiiies Perkins, Geo. F. William::, 
Francis James Edwin B. Spinney, Wm. Gallagher, 
L. Foster Mbrpe, Geo. F. Davis, Geo. B. Faunce, 
James H. Lpbatn, Joseph T. swan. 

'Ihe report was accepted. 

A ballot resu t» d as follows : Benjamin F. Palmer, 
12; V\ m. J. Elii3, 9; Abel B. Monroe, 8; Michael 
Carney, 11; Gecrgi D. Bicker, 10; Ibeoprjiiius 
Burr, if; John •(. Maguire, 12 ; John T . Prince, 10, 
Joseph L. l>r' iv, li; Edward F. Kobinson, 12; 
Joseph F., Huutevss, 8; James Perkins, 8; George 
F. Williams, 9; Edwin B. Spinney, 10; William 
Gallagher, i_; t-. Foster Morse, 12; George F. Da- 
vis, !t; George .'. F aunce, 10; James H. I'phnm, 12; 
Joseph T. Swan, i.; James Dennie, 8; Artemas K. 
Holaen and John A. Johnson, 7 each; M. J. Croak, 
John Brown, t each"; Otis Kich, 5, J. \\ . Clapp, 0; 
Francis James ',; George H. Davis, 2; E. G. 
Fletcher, K. A. Johnson and William S. Croak, 1 
each. 

There being i ( ie vote on the election of the las:. 
one required to complete the ticket, another ballot 
was ordered. 

Alderman Pratt inquired if a correction of a vote 
would be allowed, for he voted ly mistake fori;. 
A. Johnson instead of J, A. Johnson. 

Alderman Connor objected, for if one correction 
was allowed oca; r corrections might be wished. 

'ihe ballo tings proceeded, with the following 
result : 

2d. 3d. 4th. 5th. 
Whole number of votes. .. . 12 12 12 12 

Necessary to :» choice 7 7 7 7 

J. A. Johnsti.n 5 3 3 3 

John Brown 3 4 2 2 

M.J. Croak... 2 5 7 

A r B. Holden 1 1 

Otis Rich 1 

■Mr. Croak was 'declared to be elected. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST boston ferries. 

The committee to nominate directors for East 
Boston ferries it ported as follows : 

Aldernian— M iKuiiah Gibson; Common Council 
—Andrew Had, Sob mou A. Woods; at large — D. 
D. .Kelly, Cbi \)es .Vaii^ood^fpr one year; Samuel 
1'.. ilopkins, Edward B. Batchelder, twoyearfe. 



An election resulted as follows : 

Nehemiab Gioson. 12; Andrew Hall, 12; Solomon 
A. u ooiis, ii; F. A. Wiikms, 3; at large, for cue 
year— Daniel i). Kelly, 11 ; J. Irving Cross, 9; Ch is. 
Stanwood. 3; SI. T. farrbanks. 1 ; lWO years — uni- 
uel B. Hopkins, 10; E. E. Katcbeider, 11 ; J. 1. ( 
2; D. D. lveby, I. 

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. 

The consideration of reports '"leave to with- 
draw ' on petitions of Cyrus n'akeheld aa I oth- 
ers, for extension of Washing ..on s»ree; to Hay- 
markot square; of Jordan, ilarsh & Co. au.i otn- 
ers, Eastern Kailroad Co., aui B »StOii <& Lowell 
Kailroad Co., for ihe extension of Washington 
street through Portland streec; of Jacob Hall and 
others, for the extension of Atlantic avenue to 
Prince street; of Albert J. Wright an I othsraj for 
the extension ol Treinont street througl) Court, 
Green- and Leverett streets to Cragies Bridge, 
were taken up. 

The reports were accepted ly a unanimous vote 
by yeas and nays. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Aldcrmaii Oowdii , from th? Joint Committee on 
the Treasury Department, who were directed iy an 
order of the City Council, passed January 28, 1870, 
to investigate the recent fr.m tulent translation in 
the Treasurer's office, with authority to send for 
persons and papers, submitted a report that they 
have made, a careful and thorough investigation of 
the neuter referred to in the order and of a.l the 
circumstances connected therewith, and they 
present the following brief statement of the es- 
sential facts established by their inquiry: 

John W. Collins was first employed in the Treas- 
urer's office in October, 1808. He had pievious.y 
been employed as a clerk in the Assessors' office, 
and subsequently as an Inspector in the Water 
office. While in the Water office, it appears that 
he lost a small sum ( f money in a gamming li3use, 
which was afterwards recovered. ihe money be 
longed to him ; as the office which he he; J did not 
involve the collection or disbursement of any 
money belonging t- the city. The i act of his hav- 
ing loot money at play was entirely unknown to 
any of the officers in the departments where I13 
was engaged until the recent transaction. 

Collins went from the Assessors' office into the 
Treasurer's office highly recommended as an ex- 
pert penman and a faithful and industrious clerk. 
He was employed on clerical services until the 28th 
of September last, when he was inti listed with the 
receipt of the bank tax on non-resident stockhold- 
ers, ihe first deficit in these receipts appears on 
the 29:1) of December, it is impossible to cell from 
the books the exact time that he began to take 
gold. He was assigned to the duty of paying the 
interest on the gold boiuJs January" 5th. it should 
be staied here that the payment 01 gold over tha 
counter, except in small sums of less than one 
hundred dollars, was an unusual proceeding, and 
was resorted to 111 this case for the test time, ow- 
ing to the absence of the lieasuivr. 

ihe r lie is to deposit the gold in the bank, and 
draw : hacks upon it; but the heavy drafts of the 
first of the year made it impossible for one clerk 
t a draw the checks for payments, both on the 
drafts and the coupons, ft appears that the plan 
which Collins pursued was to extract portions of 
the gwld from the different bags — each containing 
five thousand dollars— place the amount ex- 
tracted in the back part of his money drawer, cov- 
ered with loose papers, and withdraw it after busi- 
ness hours. That portion of the safe which con- 
tained the gol 1 was accessible to him during offije 
hours— from 9 till 2 — but after those hours the 
outer door was locked and could be opened by two 
persons only, the cashier and paym ister, who had 
been intmsied with the receipt and disbursement 
of money for several years. 

The actual delicit in the gold account shows 
the amount taken by Collins to be $5000, exclusive 
of ,>!Li'J0 found on his person an. I «£000 found in 
bis drawer. He began by taking small sums, 
which he immediately lost at play, and was led on 
by the hope of retrieving himself. From his play- 
ing with gold he soon Became an object of sus- 
picion to the hangers-on Oi 1 33 gambling houses, 
and through them to the Pome. Finding that he 
halbeeoina h >pelessly involved, Collins made up 
his mind oil lues lay, the 11th of January, t > take 
as much as he cocldon the next day and run away. 

Accordingly on the following day he seereit'd 
S5O0O in the back of his drawer and $2400 011 his 
person? anu-ai half-past two jokdock. Jid'k the office 



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with the last-named amount,, iirtenriirg to dispose 
of it, and than return and take the other sum from 
1 1 1 ; ■ drawer. He had gone but a shore distance 
from the City Hall when he was arrested I y an offi- 
cer of the First l'oliee station. Upon beii:g taken 
to that s.ati jn, he acknowledged alter a little hesi- 
tat'on that he ha I been taking money from the 
'■Treasury, and delivered to the iflicers the gold he 
had on n.s person. 

He has denied Irom the lint any complicity on 
the par.; of other poisons in Hie office or connected 
wi.h 1 lis city, and has given information l.y which 
the larger portion of the amount taken lias been 
recovered. 'Ihe actual dehcit in currency 
amounted to ."roOKi 8'J; in gold, to .^5009; total,. 
J3-8Q1B 8u. There has been recovered in currency 
>4J-S; in gold, -tfHOO. In addition to this amount 
there was due Collins for services in the office, and 
for which he has given receipts, !j;535 50, showing 
the cum of SH45 l>4 in currency to offset; the defi- 
ciency of .foCOO.. The deficiency at the present 
time, therefore,, would auuuiH to about 52100 in 
currency. 

such an occurrence is always fruitful of rumors r 
set afloat and propagated partly from a malicious 
intent and partly from mere thoughtlessness., 
This Department holds such an important position 
in the government of the city, the duties ir per- 
forms are 01 such a delicate and responsible char- 
acter, that the Committee iclt it to be their duty to 
follow up the rumors which tins transaction g'ave 
rise to, and if they were untrue, put an effectual 
stop to them. 

Everything which came to their knowledge 
tending to throw discredit upon persons connect- 
ed with the department, or upon flue manner of 
doing the business, was traced to its foundation, 
and the result has neen a complete justification of 
the confidence reposed in the subordinate officers 
of the department by the Treasurer. Those wdio 
hold the responsible positions have been in the 
office for many years, and have established a rec- 
ord for honesty and iaithful service which justiy 
entitles them to great c mtidence. It has been 
shown that the detalcation could not have occur- 
red in the manner it did but for the prolonged 
absence of the Treasurer on bu»i less of the cny; 
and with the precautions which will be taken here- 
after, there is hardly a possibility of its occurring 
again. 

.since Colli s's arrest there has been a disposi- 
tion to make him appear worse than he really is, 
The transaction in the Water office we have ai- 
re -dy explained. Kecently a 1 ragraph appeared 
in the papers of the city, copied from a California 
paper, i-, which it was stated that Collins was a 
defaulter in the Tax Collector s office in .>an Fran- 
cisco four years ago.. Under (he direction of the 
Commit ee, a despatch was sent to the Chief of 
Police of San Francisco, requesting information 
in regard to the tru h of the story. A rcjdy was 
received stating that the story was 111 true. 

The question being on the acceptance of the re- 
port, Al terman Pratt said it would be a satisfaction 
to the public to know by this report that some of 
the statements published in the papers were not 
correct. Yet there was no statement in explanation 
why after Collins was caught gambling while hold- 
ing one position he should have been placed in a 
h giier office. 

Alderman Cowdin stated in reply that there was 
no knowledge on the par: of the Treasurer or other 
persons connected with the public offices in rela- 
tion to gambling by Collins with his own money, 
and it did not come to the knowledge of the public, 
until after the defalcation, that he had been en- 
gaged in gambling. If it had been brought to the 
knowledge of the Treasurer, he would not have 
been employed by him. 

Aldermin Pratt did not see that the chairman 
of the Committee had strengthened his position. 
It was desirous to know why and how this affair 
occurred, that it may be prevented in future. It 
was necessary to knnv how far other parties, 
if any, are culpable and it was the duty ot 
the Board to see such evils remedied, It would 
appear by the report that idieoceurrence took place- 
because the Treasurer had gone to Europe. If other 
parties were responsible, it should be known. By 
this report they could never ascertain who they 
were. 

Alderman Cowdin stated that the Committee had 
five or six sittings, called before them every man 
who could sire Jiem a hint in the matter, and had 
reported all the facts. Collins had been employed 
in various departments and nothing had been said 
against him. He was recommended as an expert 



penman and quick at figures, and on that account 
the Treasurer placed him in a responsible posi- 
tion. 

Alderman I'ratt said it would gratify his curiosi- 
ty to know who recommended the man, and who 
put him in there. 

Alderman Cowdin replied that he was employed 
in the Wafer office and in the Assessors' depart- 
ment, and was recommended from both of them. 

Ala.jriu.in Prat.,— \\ ho bv? 

Alderman Talbot thought there was one point in 
the report which reflected on the Treasmer, where 
it s lid this defalcation could not have occurred in 
the manner it did but for the absence of the Treas- 
urer. Th '. Treasurer went away by the consent of 
the Citv Council for public business. If there was 
a want *of help, that want should have teen sup- 
plied. 

Alderman Braman stated that the practice of the 
Treasurer, as stated in the report, was to pay by 
checks, it was only because they were short of 
assistance that they had gold there. 

Alderman Pratt said the Treasurer's department 
may be as well managed as it could be, but if there 
was any rotten timber in tt, they should know 
how it came there. 

On motion of Alderman i'ratt, the report was 
recommitted with instructions substantiallv as re- 
cited in the order below. 

Alderman Cowdin subsequently moved a recon- 
sideration of the vote recommitting the report. 

Alderman Pratt objected to reconsideration, and 
was opposed to whitewashing any person. If the 
Board adhered to its action, he should move fur- 
ther instructions to the Committee. 

The motion to reconsider was lost by a tie vote, 
as follows : 

Teas— Braman,. Cowdin, Hawcs, Jacobs, Jen- 
kins, Talbot. 

Nays— Carpenter, Connor, Gibson, Pratt, Pierce, 
Pope. 

The following orders were adopted, on motion 
of Alderman Pratt: 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Treasury 
Department be instructea to report the time elaps- 
ing between the employment of Collins by tne 
Water office and the gambling incident mentioned 
in the report, and the time of his employment by 
the Treasury Department, and by whose recom- 
mendation or by whose request he was thus em- 
ployed; aiso the custom or regulation, if any, of 
the Treasury Department, employing subordin- 
ates in that department. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Treasury 
Department be instructed to report to the Board 
what, and if any ho.v much interest, is allowed on 
surplus balances of the Treasury Department, on 
deposits. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of licenses to nine 
newsboys, and licenses to dealers in second-hand 
articles, a wagon stand, intelligence office, and 
auctioneer's license. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported no action necessary on petition 
of Sumner Crosby and others, and that leave be 
granted on petition of Boynton & Boberts to put 
a sign in sidewalk at 187 Washington street. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
B-W". Taggard, to build a stable on Worcester 
street. Accepted. 

Alderman (iibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of the transfer of a lease 
of Stall, No. 1, new Faneuil Hall Market. Ac- 
ccpte .. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, Irom the Committee on Streets, 
repoited leave to withdraw on the petition of Geo. 
C. Starkweather and others, S. C. Bixby and others, 
and of Thos. F. Jackson and others, that a public 
square be opened at Guild row; of petitions of 
Abigail Armstrong, to be paid for land damages 
on Avon place; Henry A. Thomas, to be paid for 
land taken in 1853 to widen Bedford street; Mrs. C. 
A. Gardiner, for change of assessment of better- 
ment on High street; John Mack and others, that 
Prospect street be extended to Green street; E. 
W. James and others, that Auburn street be ex- 
tended to Leverett street. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported reference to the Committee on 
Claims on the petition of Jeremiah Leary for com- 



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ALDERMEN, 



pcnsation for personal injuries sustained on Broad- 
way. Accepted. 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed cutting down of a tree in Essex 
street, Hearing Monday, March 7, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS TASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That three police officers be detailed 
for duty at Boylston Hall during the fair held by 
Post 7 of the < j rand Army of the Republic, the ex- 
pense to be charged to the appropriation for l'o- 
lice. 

Alderman Cowdin, in explanation, stated that 
three officers had been asked for, wnose services 
would probably be required five days. Ordinarily 
In such cases it was expected that these services 
v/oul 1 be puid by petitioners, but as this was for a 
charitable purpose the expense should be changed 
tj tha a tproprlation for I'olice. 

Onmo'tion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, Tii ic there be paid to Ann Flood the 
sum of $200, in full compensation for all damages 
done to her estate, No. 100 D street, by the grad- 
ing of said sweet, as authorized by the Board of Al- 
dermen, July -0, 1860, upon her proving her title to 
said estate to She satisfaction of the City Solicitor, 
and upon her giving to the city an acquittance and 
discharge for all damages, costs and- expenses on 
account' of the grading of said D street, the tamo 
to be charged to *he appropriation for Paving. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John N. Wtn man 
the sum of $250 in full compensation for all damages 
done to his estate on Newman street, by the grad- 
ing of said street, as ordered by the Bjardci Al- 
dermen, .May 18, ISO!), upon proving tL;e and 
giving an acquittance and discharge ltr all dam- 
ages, &c„ tho same to be charged to the appropri- 
ation for Paving. 

Ordered, That leave be granted to Augustus Par- 
ker to remove at his own expense five decayed 
trees from th ! sidewalk in front of his estate en 
Grove Hail .venue, on condition that he shall leave 
the sidew ilk in good condition for public travel. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the l"re 
Department be and he is hereby authorized under 
the direction of the Committee on Fire Depart- 
ment to furnish and equip Enginfe Company No. 15, 
and Hook and Ladder Company No. 5, with the 
necessary apparatus, the expenses to be charged 
to the appropriation for Fire Department. 

Objection was made by Alderman Talbot to the 
terms of the order, in not designating th 1 amount 
required or believed to he necessary for such 
equipment. 

The following order, offered by Alderman Hawes, 



was read and referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings: 

ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be and they are hrre! y directed to make the 
necessary leoaira and alterations on the engine 
h nise occupie I by Cngine Company No. 4, located 
on Court street, according to the plans made by 
Messrs. Bryant & Rogers in 1868, ac a cost not to 
exceed $10,003, the same to be charged t.j the 
appropriation for Fnginc Houses. 

On in >tion of Al leiimn Talbot, 

Ordered. That the Committee on Legisla'ive 
Business, who were requested to favor the passage 
ol ; n act to enable the Ci.y of B islon to furnish 
books free of charge to pupils in the public sch ;ols, 
be instructed to 1 ask lor a provision in said act, 
that no change shall be made in the books fur- 
nished for the public schools unless three-fourths 
of the whole school Committee voting by yea and 
nay shall vote in the affirmative, and said vote 
shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the .school 
C mmittee to the City Council for their informa- 
tion. 

Ordered, That the order passed June 28, 1 809, to 
pay the Bo ton VVcsleyan Association s944 for 
land taken and damages occasioned by the widen- 
ing of Broinfield strict, be and the same hercly is 
rescinded. 

Ordered, That the" chairmen of the Committees 
on .streets. Paving, and sewers be requested to 
confer with the President and Directors of the 
Boston &' Providence Railroad Company in lela- 
tio'n to the reconstruction of Hcg bridge, so called, 
i- ml to the other improvements f on template J on 
the line of said railroad, within this county. 

Urdevs for apportioi merit of Trrmoiit street 
betterments were passed on petition as follows: 

Manton Rnsfcburn", Chas. \v . Galloupe, Henry H. 
Peters, John Leukhardt, \\ m. W. Story, George >. 
Duly, N. B. & N. A. D iggett, Chas. A.Welch. 
'Jh mas T. Hadby, heirs Chas. stf ck|.olc, Gee. B. 
Parks, tins ee, heirs Thatcher Beal. Harriet P. P. 
Ryder', heirs John Smith, Nathaniel B. Doggett, 
Marraret L. Prince, Joseph P. Dexter, George F. 
Su< k, J »hn P. Trea dwell, Moses Williams, Jr., 
Marshall J. C.itter, Chas. H. Smith, Alex. K. smith, 
Joeeoh Carew, heiis l.uel Baker, Chas. H. Bacon, 
and Fllza Townsend 

O/de'ig for aoportionment of Federal street were 
pass »d, in favor of the following-named perse ns: 

Abty M. Platts, Amos Cutler. Kben Culler, 'tim- 
othy Murphy, heirs Wm. Keith, Samml A. Way, 
John J. Boyle, Daniel C. Dugan, Dennis Callag- 
h in, Patrick Dugan, and silas D. Bry;>nt. 

Orders were passed to pay bills of mrmbers of 
the City Government, and to meet the jail requisi- 
tion, the last '.mounting to i 2^44 04. 

Adjourned. 



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C O M M O N COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceed in»s of the Common Council, 

MARCH 3, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting- of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7> 2 o'clock, M. 
E. Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FKOM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Eunice SniitlB^iul Margaret 
Murray were referred in concurrence. 

The following papers were disposed of in con- 
currence : 

Reference to Committee on Public Buildings of 
an order for the alteration of Engine House .\o. 4. 
Message from the Mayor, transmitting a com- 
munication from the Trustees of the City Hospi- 
tal, announcing the receipt of a legacy from the 
late Jonas Ball, to Committee on City Hospital. 

Report recommending that the petition of Jere- 
miah Leary, to be paid for injuries received near 
Broadway, to Committee on Claims. 

Request of Water Board for additional appro- 
priation for supply of water to Deer Island, to 
Committee on Water. 

The following orders were passed in concurrence : 

Order instructing Committee on Legislative 
Business to ask that, in the proposed act on the 
subject of books for the pupils of the public 
schools, it be provided that no change be made in 
the books, unless three-fourths of the .School Com- 
mittee vote in the affirmative. 

Order — bills to pay — .March draft. 

Order for the Committee on the Treasury De- 
partment to report the time between the employ- 
ment of J. \V. Collins in the Water office and tlie 
Treasurer's office; by whose recommendation he 
was employed, &c. 

The order authorizing the Chief Engineer of the 
Fire Department to equip Engine Company No. 15, 
and Hook and Ladder Company No. 5, with the 
necessary apparatus, was considered. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 asked for an explanation of 
the order. 

Mr. Tucker of Ward stated that under the 
amended rules it was necessary that this order 
should be passeil in the Council. It would be im- 
possible to tell how much the expense would be. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 wished to know whether 
the supplies had not been obtained, and whether 
it was not known exactly what the cost amounts 
to? 

The order was read, and pending a further read- 
ing, Mr. smith repeated his inquiries. 

Mr. Tucker replied that furniture and necessary 
apparatus were to be provided, some of which had 
been contracted for, the amount of which may be 
about $1000. 

The order was read a second time and passed. 

The report of committee on the subject of the 
recent fraudulent transactions in the Treasurer's 
office was recommitted. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

An election for Directors of East Boston Ferries 
resulted as follows: 

Mr. Vannevar stated that he was not a candidate, 
although his name was used. 

Whole number of votes 57 

Necessary to a choice . .29 

Alderman — Nehemiah Gibson 57 

Council — Andrew Hall 56 

Solomon A. Woods 48 

E. B. Vannevar h 

H. D. Bradt 1 

At large, 1 y'r— Daniel D. Kelly 43 

( :has. Stan wood 45 

J. I. Cross 13 

Geo. E. Young 3 

At large,2 y'rs— Samuel B. Hopkins 41 

Edward E. Batchelder. . . .32 

J. I. Cross 17 

Chas. Stan wood 4 

Mr. Stanwood was declared to be elected in non- 
concurrence, all of the others in concum nee. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The report on nominations was accepted, and 
elections took place as follows: 

Whole number of votes, 60. Necessary to a 
choice, 31. Benjamin F. Palmer, 58; Wm. J.Ellis, 



57 Abel B. Munroe, 56; Michael Carney, 58; 
George D. Kicker, 59; Theophllus Burr, 41 ; John 
M. Maguire, 50; John T. Prince, 56; Joseph I.. 
Drew, 47; Edward F. Robinson, 55; Joseph F. 
Huntress, 52; James Perkins, 50; George F. Wil- 
liams, 68: Edwin B. Spinney, 54; William Galla- 
gher, 56; L. Foster Morse, 53; George F. Davis, 57; 
George B. Faunce, 56; James H. I'pham, 54; 
Joseph T. Swan, 40; Artemas R. H olden, 34; Otis 
Rich, 31. 

All the above named, except the last two. were 
elected in concurrence, the Board of Aldermen 
having elected James Dennie and M. J. Croak. 

The other votes were as follows: M. J. Croak, 24; 
Aaron D. Capen, 22; James Dennie, 1st; J. VV. 
Clapp, 20; Francis James, 16; John A. Johnson, 
14; John Brown, 10; J. Albert Johnson, 5; E. U. 
Fletcher, 4 ; A. A. Capen, 1. 

A petition was presented before balloting, in " e- 
half of John Brown, from Thomas Lamb, Alpheus 
Hardy and others, representing, it was seated, 
from $40,000,000 to $60,000,000 in property. 

A letter from Joseph F. Huntress declining to be 
a candidate was read. 

PRINCIPAL ASSESSOR. 

George E. Richardson was again elected, in non- 
concurrence, by a vote of 33 to 27 for James Ritchie, 
elected by the Board. 

[ FINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders and ordinance were sever- 
ally read a second time and passed: 

Order for Superintendent of l"ublic Buildings to 
cause the sidewalks of schoolhouses to be Kept 
free from snow. 

Order that the Engineers of the Fire Department 
in Dorchester be adopted as part of the Fire De- 
partment of Boston, and be paid at the same rates 
as the other Engineers are paid. 

Order requesting Committee on Legislative .Mat- 
ters to apply to the Legislature for an act author- 
izing the City Council to furnish books and sta- 
tionery, free of expense, to the pupils of the pub- 
lic schools. 

An ordinance to amend an ordinance concern- 
ing the assessment and collection of taxes. 
auditor's estimates. 

The Auditor of Accounts submitted the annexed 
estimate of the amount of money which will be re- 
quired to defray the expenses of the city and 
county for the financial year 1870-71, commencing 
the first of May, 1870, and terminating the 30th of 
April, 1871 : 

Estimated expenditures $12,021,005 

Estimated income 1,721,555 

Leaving to be met by taxation $10,299,450 

To which add three per cent, for the 
amount of taxes which will not be paid 
during the year 308,984 

Total $10,608,434 

Which, in the judgment of the Auditor, should 
be the gross tax for 1870. 

The principal it?ras of increase are for paving, 
grading aud repairing of streets, $1,182,000; inter- 
est and premium on city and water debt, $534,000; 
schools and schoolhouses, $230,300; State tax, 
$216,530; water works, $165,000; tax percentage on 
the capital of the city debt, $142,000. 

During the present financial year the appropria- 
tion for paving, &c. ($600,000) was increased $100,- 
000; and that for incidental expenses $100,000 — 
$25,000 by transfer from reserved fund. 

The following statement shows the expenses of 
the past year and the estimates the next year: 

EXPENDITURES. 

1869-70 1870-71 
Estimated 

Advertising $6,000 $6,000 

Annuities 1,200 800 

Armories 18,000 20,000 

Bells and Clocks 2,225 3,000 

Boston Harbor 9,500 10,000 

Bridges 18,000 95,000 

Cemeteries 14,010 13,800 

Chestnut Hill Driveway. ... 5,000 5,000 

Chestnut Hill Reservoir... 30,000 

City Debt 577,000 719,000 

City Hospital 90,000 100,000 

Comins Grammar School- 
house 30,000 

Common, etc 59,800 100,700 

County of Suffolk 260,000 270,000 

Dearborn Schoolhouse 40,000 

,-East Boston Ferries 170,000 



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Engineer's Department (see 
.surveyor's Department). . 12,000 

Fire Alarm Department 25,004 

Fire Department 260,000 

Grammar Sehoolhouse, 

Ward 14 

Grammar Sehoolhouse, 

Ward 9 18,000 

Grammar sehoolhouse, 

Ward 12 20,ooo 

Grammar Sehoolhouse, 

Ward 1 

Girls' High and Normal 

Sehoolhouse 

High sehoolhouse, Dor- 
chester 

Harbor Dredging :;,ooo 

Health Department 315,600 

Interest and Premium 986,000 

Incidental Expenses 100,000 

lamps 303,600 

Markets 9,000 

Militia Bounty 45,000 

Mount Hope Cemetery 15,000 

old Claims 1,500 

t tverseers of the Poor. 68,000 

Paving, etc 600,000 

Police 575,000 

Public Baths 26,500 

Public Buildings 95.000 

Public Institutions, viz.: 

House of Industry 143,500 

House of Correction 90,000 

Lunatic Hospital 76,000 

New Iron Steamboat. 

Introducing Water and 
New Boilers, Deer Is- 
land 

Quarantine Department. . 9,000 

steamer H. Morrison 15,000 

Pauper Expenses 20,000 

General Expenses at City 

Office 7,000 

New Building for Pauper 

Girls 10,000' 

New A Imshouse, D. Island 1 ,000 
New Farmhouse, " 7,500 

New Coal Sheds, " 

Public Lands 12,000 

Public Library 55,000 

Printing and stationery 30,000 

Reserved Fund 300,000 

Salaries 122,000 

Schools and Sehoolhouses, 
viz.: High and Grammar 

School Instructors 515,600 

Grammar Schools, Public 

Buildings 10G,000 

Grammar Schools, School 

Committee 44,000 

Salaries Officers School 

Committee 18,700 

Primary School Instruct- 
ors 223,500 

Primary Schools, Public 

Buildings 100,000 

Primary Schools, School 

Committee 9,000 

Sealers Weights and Meas- 
ures 5,915 

Sewers and Drains 75,000 

State Tax 904,000 

surveyor's Department 25,000 

War Expenses 5,000 

Water Works 190,100 

Water Works, Interest and 

Premium 691,000 

Widening Streets 175,000 



INCOME. 

1869-70. 

Armories $10,000 

City Hospital 3,000 

Common, etc 1,200 

County of Suffolk 40,000 

Corporation Tax 300,000 

East Boston Ferries 

Fees 3,000 

Fire Department 600 

Harbor Dredging 8,009 

Interest and Premium 75,000 

Health Department 30,100 

Militia Bounty 45,000 

Markets.. 700 



18,000 

51,964 

373,891 

22,000 



22,000 

60,000 

45,000 

321,700 

1.172,000 

125,000 

354,200 

9,700 

50,000 

30,000 

1.500 

70,000 

1,782,000 

605,0(10 

32,500 

111,000 

150,000 
93,000 
73,000 
45,000 



16,000 
13,000 
15,000 
20,090 

7,300 



5,000 

12,000 

70,000 

35,000 

300,000 

130,000 



009,100 
127,000 
106,500- 

22,000 
254,500 
114,000 

14,000 

10.120 

150,000 

1,120,530 

42,000 

2,000 

355.200 

1,069,000 
200,000 



5,554,754 $12,021,005 



1870-71. 

$10,000 

3,000 

1,200 

40,000 

300,000 

145,000 

3,200 

1,000 

75,000 

42,355 

50,000 

350 



Outstanding Taxes 100,000 100,000 

Overseers of the Poor 17,000 15,500 

Public Institutions 50,000 49,000 

Public Library 500 600 

Paving Department 6,000 20,000 

Police 7,850 7,850 

Kents 100,000 100,000 

Sealers Weights and Meas- 
ures 3,300 

Sewers and Drains 30,000 40,000 

School Fund 7,000 7,000 

L'nclaimed Drafts 1,500 1,500 

Waterworks 607,700 709,000 

Widening Streets 40,000 

$1,487,450 $1,721,555 

INCOME. 

Estimated income, 1870-71 $1 ,721,555 

'• " 1869-70 1,487,450 

Increase 1870-71 $234,105 

PERCENTAGE OF TAXES. 

Three per cent, on amount required ($10,- 

299,450) i u 1S70-71 $308,984 

Three per cent, on amount required ($7,- 

067,304) in 1869-70 212,020 

Increase 1870-71 - 96,964 

RECAPITULATION. 

Net income of appropriation in 1870-71.. .$3,466,251 

Less — increase of revenue 234,105 



$3,232,146 
Add income of percentage of taxes 1870-71 96,964 

Total income of tax as stated.- $3,329,110 

The following comparison shows that the amount 
to be raised by taxation this year is increased over 
that of 1869 $3,329,110: 

Estimated tax for 1870 $10,608,434 

Tax for 1869 7,279,324 

.$3,329,110 
The attention of the City Council is called to 
the accompanying communications received from 
the several boards, departments and committees, 
giving in detail the items which compose the to- 
tals of the respective amounts asked for by them. 
Alfred T. Turner, 

Auditor of Accounts. 
The report was referred to the Committee on Fi- 
nance, and ordered to be printed. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Suffolk Street District. Mr. Bishop of Ward 7,. 
from the Joint Special Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District, to whom were recommitted the pa- 
pers relating to the taking and raising of said dis- 
trict, made a r port, as follows : 

The substitutes proposed [in the Council] for the 
orders originally recommended hy the Committee 
contemplate the election, by the City Council, of 
three Commissioners, to make all the contracts, 
with the approval of the Committee, and have 
general supervision of all the work to be perform- 
ed by the city in this district. The Mayor was also 
authorized to enter into a contract, in behalf of 
the city, to reconvey to the original owners, upon 
certain conditions, the estates not required for 
widening streets, &c, after they have been raised. 

From the experience gained by the operations in 
the Church Street District, the Committee are 
unanimous in the opinion that it would be injurious 
to the public interests to divide the responsibility 
for carrying on the work between a Board of Com- 
missioners and a Committee. Either the Commis- 
sioners should have entire control under the orders 
of the City Council, or the Committee should be 
allowed to exercise the same coutrol over the sub- 
ject that committees on the several departments of 
the City Goveriunent exercise over those depart- 
ments. It does not appear necessary or expedient 
to put the whole subject in the hands of a Board 
of Commissioners, as one competent person, act- 
ing under the direction of a Committee of the City 
Council, can perform all the duties that a Board 
could perform, and probably more efficiently. In 
order that the coutrol of the work iu every partic- 
ular shall be retained in the hands of the City 
Council, the Committee have amended the orders 
so that all contracts entered into on behalf of the 
city, all expenditures exceeding the sum of $200, 
and all persons employed in the work, shall be 
subject to the approval of the City Council. 



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The duties of the Committee will therefore be 
confined to directing the manner in which the 
work, ordered from time to time by the City Coun- 
cil, shall he carried out. As the work will be (lone 
almost entirely by contract, the services required 
in overseeing, making surveys, <&c., will lie mainly 
of a temporary character, it is the opinion or the 
City Solicitor that the proposed order in relation 
to the reconveyance of estates should not be adopt- 
ed, especially at the present time. When any of 
the estates have been brought into a proper condi- 
tion for reconveyance, orders will be presented to 
the City Council authorizing their reconveyance, 
upon such terms and conditions as it may be de- 
sirable to prescribe. 

The Committee would respectfully recommend 
the passage of the orders in the new draft, here- 
with presented, ami the instrument of taking as 
originally prepared. 

Ordered, That the Joint Special Committee on 
the Suffolk street District, so called, lie and they 
are hereby authorized to construct, subject to the 
approval of the City Council, for tilling all the 
streets and places included within the district 
described in the first section of chapter 277 of the 
acts of the year 186S, to the grade shown on the 
plan made by the City Surveyor, dated May 3. 
1869; and the cellars, backyards and vacant lots 
on said district to the grade of at least 
twelve feet above mean low water; also for raising 
and under-pinning such of the houses on said 
territory as they shall deem necessary to the 
preservation of tha public health. Said* Commit- 
tee are also authorized, with the approval of the 
City Council, to employ such persons as may be 
necessary to oversee the work ordered to be per- 
formed on said district. The compensation of the 
person so appointed shall be approved by the City 
Council, and they may be removed at any time by 
the Committee. .No contracts shall be entered into 
by the Committee, and no expenditure for any pur- 
pose exceeding the sum of §200, shall be made, 
without the approval of the City Council. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Finance, the sum of five hundred thousand dol- 
lars, to be applied to raising the territory and 



buildings in the Suffolk Street District, and pay- 
ing for any estate on said district taken under the 
provisions of chapter 277 of the acts of the vear 
18«8. 

The orders were read once, and assigned for con- 
sideration at the next meeting of the Council. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward fi, from the Joint standing 
Committee on Public Buildings, who were directed 
by an order passed sept. 20, 1869, to consider and 
report if any repairs are necessary to be made on 
Engine House No. 14, made a report as follows: 

The house in question was the first of its kind 
built by the city of Koxbuvy, and has none of the 
conveniences usual in engine houses of the pies- 
ent day. It is now proposed to remodel and en- 
large the present building, build an addition, con- 
taining a stable and hay-loft, erect a hose-tower, 
put in a bath-room and water-closet, and make 
such other alterations as the health and comfort 
of the company may require. From estimates the 
Committee find that the cost will be §9000 to make 
the proposed alterations, ami recommend the pas- 
sage of the following order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to enlarge and remodel F.ngine 
House No. 14, at an expense not exceeding $9000, to 
be charged to the appropriation for Public Build- 
ings. 

The order was read once. 

OltDEKS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Bishop of Ward 7, the rules 
and orders of the Common Council were amended 
to provide for a Committee on Paving, by inserting 
the word "paving" alter "ferries," in line 3, sec. 
39, page 22, rules and orders. 

On motion of Mr. Bishop, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances be 
directed to report upon the expediency of an ordi- 
nance for the better enforcement of the law against 
the obstruction of sidewalks. 

On motion of Mr. Aver of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Public Li- 
brary be requested to consider the expediency of 
opening the Library on Sunday. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 7, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was-; held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtieff presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN." 

Four Grand and four Petit .Jurors were drawn 
for the United Mates District Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special Police officers, without pay — C. H. 
Young, for duty at Warren Avenue Church; Cor- 
nelius A. Sullivan, for duty at wharves of Boston 
and Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Edmund Horace Stevens, Assistant Port Physi- 
cian, appointed by the Port Physician. 

1 ETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

John A.Sargent, Gerry W. Cochrane, Geo. B. 
Bigelow and others, S.'G. Lovering ami others, 
trustees, and Charles Hamilton, severally for 
api ortionmeut of Tremont btreet bcttcinient.?. 

Boston Fire-Brick and Clay ltetort Co., and John 
Nagle, for apportionment of Federal street better- 
ments. 

Children's .Mission to the Children of the Desti- 
tute, for abatement of assessment for widening Tie- 
mont street. 

Moot y .Merrill and others that Regent street be 
laid out as a public highway. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

A. II. Caton and others, that Concord street, 
west < f Columbus avenue, be called Lebanon park. 

C. G. Pease & Co. and others, that a cesspool te 
constructed at the corner of Boston & Maine Kail- 
road station. 

J. F. Baoni and others, that Chester square and 
East and West Chester avenues,be renumbered, &c. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Chas. K." Kirby for extension of time in which to 
build on Marlboro' street. Referred to Committee 
on Public Lands. 

Matthias Donnelly and others, for extension of 
the Eustis street sewer. Referred to Committee 
on Sewers. 

Samuel L. (Jerry and others, that additional 
lamps be placed on Munroe street. Referred to 
Committee on Lamps. 

Trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church, Winthrop 
street, for a clock on the tower of their church. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Bells, Clocks, &c. 

Henry A. Wetherbee, for leave to erect a stable 
for one horse on Warren place. 

Samuel Ford, for leave to erect a stable for four 
horses on Tudor street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

George E. Knapp, 16 Poplar street; John Keir- 
ney, Phillips street (Roxbury); A. W. Hanson, 872 
Albany street; James Malone, Clapp street, corner 
of Seventh street; William Wood, corner of F and 
Seventh streets; T. K. Daunt, 263 Second street, 
and on Chard street, near Norfolk avenue; 
Shaughnessy & Dugan, Eustis street, bevonu 
Hampden street; Caswell & Mclntire,136 Saratoga 
street; Burrill & Whitnev, corner of F and Athens 
streets; Ira B. Quimby, Marginal street; William 
Goldsmith, 1275 Tremont street; J. F. & D. J. 
Haines & Co., Sumner street, opposite Paris street. 
Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

REPORT OF THE HAY-WEIGHER, NORTHERN SCALES. 

The report of J. Livci more, late hay-weigher of 
Northern scales, gives as the receipt's from 1st of 
January to 15th ot February, .*300 47, forty per cent, 
of which— $ 120 19, less expenses, .f 6 75, viz., $113 44 
—has been paid to the City Treasurer. 

AUDITOR'S MONTHLY EXHIBIT. 

The Monthly Exhibit of the Auditor was laid be- 
fore the Board, presenting an Exhibit of the Cen- 
eral and Special Appropriations for the pre sent 
Financial i ear of 1809-70, as shown in the books in 
h;s office, March 1, 1870, including the March draft, 
being eleven months' payments of the financial 
year, exhibiting the original appropriations, the 
amount expended, and the balance ol each unex- 
pended at that date. A recapitulation gives the 
following result: 



Appropriations, 

Revenues, etc. Expended. 

General $3,727,781 20 17,118,611 52 

fcpecial 7,738,519 10 4,»7,709 14 



Unexpended 
$1,609,255 os 

S16,4iil,;il7 0U $11,406,221 56 ?5,t5o,UL5 44 
Read and sent down. 

REPORT OF CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE FIFE DE- 
PARTMI NT. 

A report in print was laid before the Board from 
the Chief Engineer of the Lire Department, stating 
the number of times that each Engine, Hose and 
Hook & Ladder Company was called into service 
on the first, second and' third alarms of tire, in 
1869; also the amount of duty performed by the 
several Assistant Engineers at the different alarms; 
also the amount of fire apparatus in Ward lti, and 
an estimate of the amount of service that will be 
required of said apparatus annually. By this 
statement if appeared that there were during the 
year 181)9, 394 tires. The engines were called out 
from 37, the lowest number, at East Boston, to 151 
times, Nos. 4 and 7; the hose companies from 33 to 
141 times; and the hook and ladder companies 
from 32 to 125 times. 

It is stated in this connection, that from a "care- 
ful estimate of breakage of apparatus, it a jpeared 
that from seventy-five to eighty per cent, of this 
expense was attributed to the running duty per- 
formed by this department. An order was accord- 
ingly issued to the several companies cutting off 
one-half of the boxes on the first alarm formerly 
run to, thereby saving one-half of the wear and 
tear; but requiring them to repair to their houses 
and hold themselves in readiness to respond at 
once to a second alarm, should one be sounded. 
The Chief or Assistant in command, on arriving at 
the scene of conflagration, if its appearance is in 
any way formidable, orders a second alarm to be 
immediately sounded. This plan ivorks well, and 
is a great saving to the city ; at the same time we 
are enabled to cover all sections of our city, and in 
case of a second fire there is a force sufficient in 
itself to hold the tire in check until the arrival of 
other apparatus. This order applies to the Assist- 
ant Engineers of the department as well as to the 
several companies. While it may appear from the 
table above, that a much larger amount of fire du'.y 
is performed by some companies than by others, 
on account of their location, the same holds equal- 
ly good with regard to the Assistant Engineers 
acting under the order of the Chief." 

The number of times the Assistant Engineers 
were on duty varied from 43 to 225. and the num- 
ber ot hours of duty from 117 to 440. In answer to 
the last inquiry, it is stated that on the third day 
of January there were turned over to this depart- 
ment by the Chief Engineer of Dorchester six 
steam fire engines, two horse hose carriages, and 
two ladder carriages fully equipped for services, 
with seventeen horses. The number of men en- 
rolled as members of the department in this section 
of the city are one hundred and five, and classified 
as follows, viz. : six Assistant Engineers, six engine- 
men, six firemen or stokers, ten drivers who act as 
clerks of the companies, eight foremen of the com- 
panies, and sixty-nine members. 

By the location of one of the steam fire engines 
in Dorchester, being on the old boundary line, 
near Upham's Corner, the principal fire duty that 
will be required of this engine company will be in 
the Twelfth and Thirteenth wards. A petition is 
before the Government, presented last year, and 
referred to the Committee on Fire Department, 
asking for an engine house and engine in the 
Thirteenth Ward. By the annexation of Dorches- 
ter, Engine Company ^io. 21 will cover this section 
of our city, which obviates the necessity of build- 
ing an additional engine house, the purchase of an 
engine and the organization of an additional com- 
pany. 

Here it would be proper for me to state that Dor- 
chester, for the past twenty-eight years, has main- 
tained seven fire companies under the volunteer 
system, located in the same sections of the town 
that the steam fire engines are now located, hav- 
ing an enrolled membership of two hundred ar.d 
sixty-one members, the town voting at the cl< se of 
its financial year a gratuity of one hundred and 
fifty dollars to each company. 

In presenting, as per order of the Council, the 
probable amount of duty that will be required an- 
nuallv of the department located in the sixteenth 
Ward*, I would here say, that the Sixteenth Ward 
comprises an area of 470i)£ acres, with £000 dwell- 



MARC H 



16 7 O 



5£ 



ing», nine factories, six mills, four planing mill?, 
ami seven hundred and ninety-nine stables, stores, 
etc., with a valuation of a;i2,82i>,200. Since the 
union, there have been eight tires. At this ratio, 
there would be forty-eight fires during the year. 

BRAKINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on the several orders of notice rel- 
ative to cutting down a tree in Essex street; on 
the wi lening of East -street, near Federal street; 
on the widening of summer street, between High 
and Fe feral stie;ts; on the petition of James Aic- 
Garty for leave to erect a stable at No. 181 Cabot 
street, and on petition of Ivavill He Co. for leave to 
put up a steam boiler and engine rear 1051 Wash- 
ington street, were consideied. No peison ap- 
' peared in either case, and the reports were recom- 
mitted. The bearing on the proposed widening of 
Warren street was taken up. 

Giles H. Mich objected to the proposed widening 
in behalf of the abutters, particularly the heirs of 
Bradford S. Farringara, whose door steps would 
be taken in the proposed widening, and who had 
but just land enough for their convenience. In 
the widening by the city of KoxLury, before an- 
nexation,, it was supposed no further widening 
would be required, the street was as wide as most 
thoroughfares, sufficient for many years to come, 
and as the houses stand back fro in the street, this 
expense of widening, if necessary, years hence, 
will not le greater than at the present time. Ali 
of the abuttois were opposed to this widening, and 
were not aware of any exigency calling for the 
measure at this time. They would consider it an 
injury rather than a beneht to their estates. 

Akisrinan Talbot stated that the proposed wi- 
dening was on a notice of intention to build on 
the land formerly of the Methodist church, which 
was burnt, 'lo the Committee it seemed aesirous 
that the line should be a continuous one with the 
park in that vicinity. 

To an inquiry of Mr. Kich whether a further 
hearing could be had before the Committee, it was 
replied that it could, and it was further remarked 
that no serious injury could be done to any estate 
by the proposed widening. 

The report was recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order to pay John Miller the sum of 88225 for 
land taken and damages occasioned by the widen- 
ing of Hanover street, by a resolve of October 15, 
18(51), to be charged to the second Hanover street 
Loan. 

Order to pay First Methodist Church, Edward H. 
Dunn, treasurer, the sum of $38,000 for land takeu 
and damages occasioned by the widening of Hano- 
ver street, by a resolve of October 15, 1809, to be 
charged to t'ne second Hanover Street Loan. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

An order for Committee on Ordinances, to report 
a more stringen. ordinance to prevent obstruction 
of sidewalks, was passed in concurrence. 

An ordinance to amend an ordinance concerning 
the assessment and collection of taxes, relating 
especially to the nomination and election of Sec- 
ond Assistant Assessors, was read twice and pass- 
ed, in concurrence. 

The Auditor's estimates were referred, in con- 
currence, to Aldermen Gibson, Hawes, Fierce and 
Cowdin. 

The order for Committee on Library to consider 
the expediency of opening the Library building 
on Sundays was considered. 

Alderman Fratt believed the action of the Coun- 
cil to be unwise, particularly in view of the report 
of the Committee on the i'ublic Library in I8t>7, 
when the opinion of the City Solicitor was given 
that the openiug of the Library on Sunday would 
be in violation of law. That Committee, on the 
decision of the City Solicitor, recommended that 
no further action be taken on the subject. It 
would not be expected that a committee would 
recommend that a law of the State should be vio- 
lated, and he moved that the Board non-concur. 

The order was concurred in by a vote of 10 to 2, 
as follows : 

Yeas— Braman, Carpenter, Connor, Cowdin, 
Gibson, Jacobs, Jenkins, Fierce, Fope, Talbot. 

.Nays— Hawes, Pratt. 

DIRECTOR OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

J. Irving Cross was elected for one year, in non- 
concurrence, by a vow of 8 to 4 for Chas. Stan wood. 



PRINCIPAL ASSESSOR. 

On the first ballot there was no choice, James 
Ritchie receiving C, to 5 for George E. Richardson, 
and one for Koss Doherty and Otis Kich. 

On the second ballot James Ritchie was again 
elected, in non-concurrence, by a vote of 9 to 3 for 
Geo. E. Richardson. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

A communication was leceived from Jos. F. Hun- 
tress, resigning the office of First Assistant As- 
sessor, to which he had been elected. Referred to 
the Committee on Nomination of Assessors. 

An election of two First Assistant Assessors re- 
sulted as follows: James Dannie 7; Koss Doherty 
8 — in non-coneurrente; Otis Rich 4; J. A. Johnston 
G; A. K. Hold^n 2. 

ADDITIONAL LOAN FOR BROADWAY EXTENSION. 

The Committees on Laying out and Widening 
Streets and Faring prcsenteu a report, that ah au- 
ditional loan of four hundred and fifty thousand 
dollars will be required tor the completion of the 
extension of Broadway, and for the payment of 
unsettled land and grade damages. 

The loan authorized for the extension of Broad- 
way at the time of the passage of the resolve, May 
3, 18U9, was ^550,000. 

The report, giving a detail of the expenditures 
thus far, states that it will be seen that the amount 
of the Auditor's drafts exceeds the loan by $J22 03, 
which amount he has suspended the* payment ol, 
having exhausted the iuli amount of the loan. 

Estimated amount required for completing the work, 
and for unsettled land and building damages, 
grade damages, etc. 
Moseley Iron Building Works, for bridge 

and iron structures $101,000 

Abutments, piers, etc 21,000 

Faving 24,000 

Sidewalks, edgestones and gravel 4,000 

Grade damages, and land and building 

damages, etc 295,000 

Engineering, etc l ,400 

supe.-intenaence 1,500 

$447,900 
Items of excess in cost over the original estimate 
approximately given: 

Grade damages $210,000 

Land and building damages 65,000 

Purchase of estate 30,000 

Bridge and structures 145,000 

Additional loan required $450,000 

The reasons why this improvement will "cost 
more than the loan of .t-550,000, as authorized, may 
be explained as follows: 

It will be noticed that the largest item cf cost 
over the original estimate is for grade damages, it 
being about $210,000 more than the amount pro- 
vided in the loan. 

The grade, as originally proposed by the Com- 
mittee on Streets, contemplated only the raising 
of the grade of Federal street at the foot of Broad- 
way about eighteen inches or two feet; and at Al- 
bany street it was proposed to drop down to nearly 
the present grade of that street. Had this grade 
been adopted, a few thousand dollars would have 
covered all grade damages. No definite estimate 
was made for this purpose, as it was considered 
an item of small amount. 

But after a careful consideration of the subject 
by the Committee on Paving of last year, it was 
thought that it would not be advisable to estab- 
lish the grade as first proposed, as it not only made 
too great a depression at the foot of Broadway, but 
the grade from Foundry street down to Federal 
street was too steep for a main thoroughfare of 
this importance. The grade, as established, raises 
the grade of Federal street at the foot of Broad- 
way about five feet. Then again, if Broadway 
should ever be extended to Washington street, 
over the Boston & Albany Railroad (as very likely 
it may be at some future day), it was found neces- 
sary to keep the grade up about four and a half 
feet above the present level of Albany street, in 
order to cross over the track of that road at the 
proper height. And besides, excessive steepness 
applied to this end of Broadway by the original 
grade as proposed, as well as to the other. 

By the change of grade at each end of Broad- 
way extension, it is obvious that in order to adjust 
the grades of Federal and Albany streets that it 
involved too raising of the buildings on these 



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streets; andataa the grades and buildings of all 
i he lateral Btreets that connect with these- streets 
in this vicinity. Bence the huge additional 
amount of grade damages ever the original esti- 
m • . i. 

The Board of Aldermen of last year authorized 
540,000, and the present Board $10,000, to be paid 
for grade damages from this loan. 

Toe land and building damages will probably 
exceed the estimate by the Hoard of Aldermen by 
ul out $65,000 alter allowing for the sale of the res- 
idue of estates that were purchased by the city, 
and that will be sold, a,. d the proceeds added to 
the sinking fund, 

Although it was deemed lor the best interest of 
i) city iu the settlement with parties to purchase 
i ii" whole cf several estates, yet it v. ill be noticed 
that this additional expense of some $30,000 was 
paid from the Broadway Loan, but it will derive 
no benefit hem the revenue when the property is 

Sold. 

i i consequence of the change of grade, and the 
city being required by the Haibor Commissioners 
to place a fender on the south side of the bridge, 
the land damages to several estates were largely 
increa: ed. 

The bridges and Structures will cost about $145,- 
000 more than the estimate made by the City En- 
gineer. Ihis is owing in part to a different plan 
being adopt, d by the city frcm what was original- 
ly designed by the City Engineer, and also to the 
fact that the Harbor Commissioners directed cer- 
tain expensive changes antl additions to be made 
to the iron bridge and draw across the channel. 

Several items of expenditures have been charged 
to this loan that were not contemplated at the 
time the loan was authorized, and which arc now 
classed under the head ( f expenditures for bridges 
and structures — among which are soundings, 
superintendence, engineers' pay-roll, etc. 

Although the additional loan asked for is large 
in amount, yet the increased cost of this project is 
a matter of necessity rather than of choice, as the 
extension of this avenue to Albany street was 
authorized by a former City Council; and it re- 
mains for the present Government only to carry 
out m good faith what their predecessors inaugu- 
rated. 

The report, which is signed by the Street and 
Paving Committees, recommends the passage of 
the foil owing order: 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be, and he hereby is, 
authorized to borrow, under the direction of the 
Committee of Finance, the sum of tour bundled 
and fifty thousand dollars, the same to be added to 
the Broadway Extension Loan. 

The order was read once. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Cowdin. from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Treasury Department, to whom was 
recommitted the report in relation to the late de- 
falcation iu that department, with instructions to 
report certain facts concerning the employment of 
John W. Collins, submitted their original report 
with the addition of the following communica- 
tions: 

Treasury Dffartmfnt, ) 
Boston, March 4, 1870. j 
Aid) i man Cowdin, Chairman Committeecn Trtasury 

Department : 

Sir: I teg leave to submit the following in an- 
swer to your request;: Collins was first employed 
in the Treasury Department, October 20, 18C8, on 
the recommendation of the secretary and chair- 
man of the Board of Assessors, having been pre 
viously employed in that department. They rep- 
resented him as faithful and industrious, a good 
penman, quick at figures, and reliable; also, that 
he was very deserving, his salary going to aid in 
the support of his aged parents. He was em- 
ployed until December 29 in entering tax bills, 
and proved himself attentive, industrious and an 
excellent penman. He went from this depart- 
ment co the Water Department, and was employed 
as an outdoor inspector. In the summer of 18G9 
he was again employed by the Asses-tors' Depart- 
ment, and September 28 was again employed in 
this department to collect the bark tax on non- 
resident stockholders. 

This department is not to this day cognizant of 
the gambling transaction referred to, excepting 
upon reports and outside rumors, since the defal- 
cation in this office. 

The only regulation in the appointment of sub- 
ordinates in this office is, the security of compe- 
trtit and trustworthy persons, so far as possible, 



and upon the recommendation of persons km w n 
and reliable. The Treasurer would accept < i . y 

BUCh for his own sec uriiy in transai virg the 1 U81- 
ness of the ( ffice, and in no ii stance has he Wen 
obliged to disi barge a. y person employed Ly him 
for incompetency ( r dishonesty. 
Vecy respectfully, 

Frederic U. Tract, 

City treasurer. 

Office ok Water IOcistkar, ) 
BOSTON, .March 5, 1870. J 
Alderman Cowdin: — Dear sir— In reply to your 
inquiry! would inform you that Mr. Collins was 
appointed an Inspector ty the Water Board De- 
cember is, 1868, and continued in that capacity 
until March 15, 18(19. His compensation was frd 
per day. 

Respectfully yours, 

Hilliah F. Davis. 

AE8Ese< i.'s' Office, i 
Boston, March 7, 1870.) 
General Robert Coadin, Chairman Committee on 
Treat ury 1 depart men! : 

Dear Sir— Mr. John \V. Collins was employed in 
this office (upon the recommendation ami applica- 
tion of his father) about the 1st of August, 1818, to 
about the 1st of November, 181S, and his own merit 
induced me to introduce him to Mr. Tracy, in 
May, 1809, Mr. Collins was again employed Ly me, 
and remained until the last of October, 1SU9, when 
Mr. Tracy sent for hi in for his office, il:. Collins 
proved himself one of our best clerks, and 1 should 
not have hesitated a moment to have recommend- 
ed him to any position as a thorough clerk, not 
being cognizant of his habits out of our office, 
liespectiully, Behjamix Cushzng, 

Secretary Board of Assessors. 

Alderman Pratt thanked the Committee for the 
additional information which they had communi- 
cated on the subject, which would be sufficient to 
satisfy the outside leering in relation to it. Ke had 
learned there was an impression from what he said 
at the last meeting that there was something be- 
hind the repoi t of the Committee. His design was 
simply to bring out the answers which hail been 
obtained, and he did net intend to reflect in ai y 
way on the Committee or on the Treasury Depart- 
ment. 

Alderman Cowdin was gratified at the remarks 
of the Alderman. The Committee devoted their 
best efforts in ferreting out everyihiug relating to 
this transaction, and he was surprised at a state- 
ment in a Sunday paper that they intended to 
whitewash the matter. They repudiated such a 
statement entirely. 

The report of the Committee was accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mit ,ee on the Treasury Department, who were re- 
quested to report the amount of interest, if any, 
allowed by the banks on ,lhe City Treasury depos- 
its, made a report, with the accompanying state- 
ment from the City Treasurer: 

Treasury Department, 1 
Boston, March 4, 1870. j 
Alderman Cowdin, Chairman Committee on Treas- 
ury Department : 

Sir: The interest allowed by the tank is four 
per cent, per annum, on the smallest balance every 
fifteen days. 'Ihis amount is added every month 
to the balance m bans. The amount of* interest 
for the financial year 18(59-19, received on deposits 
in banks, was %10o,132 48, as per page 142 of the 
Auditor's Report, but the drafts have been so 
heavy the present financial year that there has 
been no large accumulation, and the amount re- 
ceived for interest wid be comparatively small. 
Veiy respectfully, 

Fred. L'. Tracy, 

City Treasurer. 
The report was accepted. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Joint Standing Com- 
r.iittee on Water, to whom was referred the order 
requesting the Cochituate Water Board to consid- 
er the expediency of causing all service pipes here- 
after laid to be constructed in sucn a manner as to 
preruiit the water to be shut oil' beneath the side- 
walk instead of the roadway, as at present, made 
the following report: 

The main, if not the only objection to the pres- 
ent system of constructing the service pipes, is the 
necessity of digging up the street* and thereby ob- 
structing travol, whenever the water ie ordered to 



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be shut off for non-payment of the rent. When 
the water was first Introduced in 184U, cocks were 
placet! under the sidewalks, hut on account of the 
extra, expense, and for other reasons, the system 
was changed about the year 1858. 

The hen mains are now laid in the street, and a 
brass cock is screwed into them, to which the lead 
service pipe is attached 1 y a coupling. If any ac- 
cident occius to the lead pipe, the water is cut off 
at the main. If there was no cock at the main, 
any injury to the service pipe between the cock 
under the sidewalk and the main pipe in the street 
would neces'itate shutting the gates in the main 
until the service pipe was repaired, thus depriving 
the occupants of a whole street, o ' even a consn - 
erable district, of water. Ihe cost of putting an 
extra cock under the sidewalk would be about 
three d( lar . 

There are many disadvantages in having a shut- 
off under the sidewalk, as the box often gets tilled 
with vvate ,the covers are frequently removed, 
and much injury is caused ty mischievous boys. 
Where there are vaults under the sidewalks lor 
mechanical purposes, ox for the storage of coal or 
goods, it would he difficult or impossible to carry 
out the plans proposed. The aperture in the side- 
walk would also increase the liability of the scr- 
vit e pipes to treeze and burst. 

'the Boston Oas Light Company have abandoned 
the plan of inserting cocks in the sidewalks, prob- 
ably for the same re; son which innuenced the 
Water Hoard. Undoubtedly many of the open- 
ings m the Btreets, for which the Water Depart- 
ment has be.en criticised, were made by the Has 
Company, ihe whole number of times ir. one year 
that the water has been cut off and lot on, on ac- 
CCUllt of non-payment of rent, amounts to 5-5. 
This seldom occurs in the business portions of the 
city. It is generally only in the districts where the 
poor classes reside, and where the streets are not 
paved. 

in viev/ of the foregoing statements, the Colu- 
mn e are of opinion that it would be inexpedient 
t:> change the present system, and they there- 
fore report that the order ought not to pass. 

The report »• is accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, repoite 1 leave to withdraw on petition of 
James Mc< laffrey that a portion of Oold street may 
be graded, &c., Gold street not being a public 
stree. ; also on petition of B. Jones, for leave to 
erect a water tank at the end of Fruit street, as 
the city cannot legally allow the street to be occu- 
pied in the manner proposed. Severally aceepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee ^n Li- 
censes, reported licenses to 7 newsboys and 1 boot- 
black, and in favor of certain persons to keep a 
billiard saloon, intelligence office, for wagon 
stands, wagon lit enses, and for transfer of a hack 
license and a wagon license. Accepted. 

Alderman Hawes. Ircin the Committee on Fire 
Department, to wdiom was referred the remon- 
strance of Amos L. JNoyes and others against the 
removal of Hose Carriage No. 2 from Hudson 
street to East street, made a report recommending 
that the petitioners have leave to withdraw. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Br am an, from the Committee on 
Health, reported in favor of the petition of James 
McUarty for leave to build a stable at 18f Cabot 
street. Accepted. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Public Library, who were requested 
to consider the expediency of furnishing copies of 
certain books in the Public Library to the different 
engine houses for the use of the hremeE, made a 
report, recommending the passage of the accom- 
panying order: 

Ordered, That the Trustees of the Public Library- 
be authorized to make special arrangements, if 
they deem it expedient, to loan surplus copies of 
books in the Public Library to the several engine, 
hose, and hook and ladder companies of the Fire 
Department in this city. 

Head and accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Com- 
mon, &c, submitted a report declaring a tree in 
the sidewalk of estate No. 8 McLean street to be 
dangerous to public travel and a nuisance, on which 
it was 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of the Com- 
mon cause said tree to 1 e cut down, and if it shall 
become necessary, the Chief of Police is authorized 
to close said street against the passage of vehicles 
while the removal of said tree is in progress. 

Kead and accepted. 



Alderman Carpenter submitted rules and regula- 
tions for intelligence offices and pawnbrokers, and 
providing for superintendents oi those depart- 
ments. Ordered to be printed. 

Amendments to Ordinance on Institutions, ircm 
the Board of Directors, were submitted and reier- 
red to Committee on Ordinances. Ordered to be 
sent down. 

ORDER OF ITOTICE. 

On petition of Albanv street Freight Bailroad 
Company for permission to use steam as a motive 
power. Hearing Monday, March 14, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Uesolve and order for the widening of East street 
on its ntrtherlv side near Federal street, by taking 
30 feet of land of Samuel Hatch, at an expense oi 

Hesolve and order for the widening of Webber 
street, at the corner of Fellows street, »y taking 704 
feet of" land of Joseph Nickerson, at an expense ot 
st;;4. 

on motion of Alderman Gibson, 

ordered, That the superintendent of the Maiket 
be authorized to employ, subject to the approval of 
the Mayor, one deputy, to assist him in the dis- 
charge^!' the duties of his office. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered. That there be allowed and paid to the 
members of Company K, Seventh Infantry, the 
amounts certified to be due to them on the roll ap- 
proved by the Adjutant (Jeneral, March 4. 1870, tor 
uniforms', and that the same be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Militia Bounty. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department, under the direction of the Committee 
on Fire Department, be and he is heresy author- 
ized to have relief Engine No. 5 repaired at an ex- 
pense not exceeding $1500, the same to lie charged 
to the Aupropriation for Fire Department. 

Ordered^ That the Chief Engineer ot the Fire 
Department, under the direction ot the Committee 
on Fire Department, be and he is hereuy author- 
ized to have Engine No. 9 repaired at an expense 
not exceeding W500, the same to be charged to the 
Appropriation for Fire Department. 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment, under the direction of the Committee, 
be and he is hereby authorized to have Engine No. 
17 repaired, at an expense not exceeding S1300, the 
same to be charged for Appropriation for Fire De- 
partment. 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of <;he r ire 
Department, under the direction of the Commit- 
tee, be and he is hereby authorized to have hose 
carriage doing duty with Engines Nos. 7 and 13, 
and relief Hcse Carriage No. 1, repaired at an ex- 
pense not exceeding ¥500, the same to be charged 
to the Aupropriation for Fiie Department. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bridges be and 
they hereby are authorized to extend the southerly 
draw-pier of the Oover street bridge, and repair 
the present piers and bridge, in accordance with 
plans made by the City Engineer, at an expense 
not exceeding tf£500, to be charged to the Appro- 
priation for Bridges. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Sewers is 
hereby authorized to construct a new culvert be- 
tween Kiver street and the IS eponset river, for the 
channel of a brook formerly running through the 
premises of Tilcston & Hollingswoith, tut now 
stopped up and discontinued— one half of the ex- 
pense to be repaid to the city by said Tileston & 
Hollingsworth. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Samuel Hatch 
$1L0, for land taken and damages occasioned by 
the widening of East street by a resolve of this 
day, to be charged to the Appropriation for Laying 
Out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to A. G. Stimson 
$8000 75, for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the laving out and grading of sturgis street and 
the widening and grading of Hamilton street, by a 
resolve of July 23, 1869, to be charged to the Fort 
Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, lhat there be paid to Joseph Nickerson 
the sum of $734 for land taken and all damages oc- 
casioned by the widening of Webber street, by a re- 
solve passed this day, including all damages to 
his estate in consequence of the grade of the street 
being above his abutting laud, the same to be 



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charged to the Appropriation for Laying Out and 
Widening Streets. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Lamps be direct- 
ed to consider and report upon the expediency of 
having the city manuiacture the gas used in the 
street lamps. 

Alderman Pratt suggested that the order be 
referred to a special committee, the Committee on 
Lamps having given a long consideration of the 
subject, running through nearly a year, to the 
consumption of a great amount of gas. 

The order was passed. 

Alderman Carpenter offered the following: 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to remove the wooden post which has re- 
cently been placed in the sidewalk in front of the 
estate on High street, westerly corner of Federal 
street, said post being outside the line of the 
street, and an obstruction to public travel. 

Alderman Talbot stated that there was a dispute 
about the land where this obstruction was placed. 
It had been open to the public forty-five years, and 
was claimed as belonging to the city. The party 
making the obstruction is desirous that the city 
should take it down, that ne may bring a suit. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that complaint had 
been made to the Committee that the obstruction 
was a nuisance, and on going to view it, he found 
that foot passengers were forced into the street in 
passing it. 

The order was passed. 

ROXBUUY LATIN SCHOOL. 

On motion of Alderman Connor, the report and 



order to grant $2000 to the Trustees of the Itox- 
bury Latin School, for the present municipal year, 
were taken up and considered. 

Alderman Talbot said he was opposed to the sub- 
sidy, as he was last year. It was an expenditure 
of money for educational purposes outside of the 
School Committee, which might prove an entering 
wedge in a wrong direction. However honorable 
might be those intrusted with the expenditure of 
the money, it was wrong -in principle and might 
prove to be bad in future practice. 

Alderman Connor said that gentleman's princi- 
ples were no stronger than his were in such mat- 
ters. This school had the cure and education of 80 
boys, whose cost to the city would be 99000 but for 
this school. The income of the school fund was 
SG000, and but S2000 was asked for. It would be 
economy to the city to pay that and he hoped the 
order would pass. 

Alderman Talbot said if the argument was a good 
one, it might be good for farming out all our teach- 
ing. The question of appropriating money to out- 
side schools had come up in the New York Legis- 
lature, and might cause us trouble here some 
time. 

The order was rejected by a vote of 4 in its favor 
to 8 in opposition, as follows: 

Yeas — Carpenter, Connor, Jenkins, Pratt. 

>'ays — Braman, Cowdin, Gibson, ilawes, Jacobs, 
Pierce, Pope, Talbot. 

Alderman Pierce moved a reconsideration, to 
give further time to consider the subject. 

The motion was carried. 

Adjourned to Tuesday, March 8, 7)4 o'clock. 



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COMMON C O U ■ N C I L 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 10, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7>g o'clock, M. 
E. Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petition of Chas. K. Kirby was referred in 
concurrence. 

The Auditor's monthly exhibit and report of Hay- 
weigher of Northern Scales were ordered to be 
placed on tile. 

The resignation of Joseph F. Huntress as a First 
Assistant Assessor was accepted and referred to 
Committee on Assessors' Department, in concur- 
rence. 

The reference to Committee on Ordinances of 
proposition to amend the Ordinances on Institu- 
tions was concurred in. 

The acceptance of report leave to withdraw on 
the petition of A. L. Noyes and others against the 
removal of Hose Carriage No. 2 from Hudson 
street was uonconcurred in, by a vote of 10 to 22. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order authorizing loan of the surplus books in 
the Library to the several Engine, Hose and Hook- 
and- Ladder Companies. 

Order authorizing the Hose Carriages connected 
with Engines Nos. 7 and 13, and Belief Hose Car- 
riage No. 1, to be repaired, at an expense of $500. 

Order authorizing Kelief Engine No. 5 to be re- 
paired, at an expense of not more than $1500. 

Order authorizing Engine No. 17 to be repaired, 
at an expense not exceeding $1300. 

Order authorizing Engine No. 9 to be repaired, at 
a cost of not more than $1500. 

The following reports were accepted, in concur- 
rence : 

Report of the Committee on the Treasury, sub- 
mitting an accompanying statement from the 
Treasurer of the amount of interest allowed on 
the City Treasury deposits. 

Report of the Committee on the Treasury De- 
partment to whom was recommitted the report in 
relation to the recent fraudulent transaction in the 
City Treasurer's office, submitting their original 
report and communications from the Treasurer. 
Water Registrar, and Secretary of the Board of 
Assessors. 

The report of the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment on the amount of duty performed by the 
department in 1869 (City Doc. No. 27, 1870) was or- 
dered to be placed on file. 

PRINCIPAL ASSESSOR. 

James Ritchie was elected in concurrence, by a 
vote of 29, to 20 for George E. Richardson, previ- 
ously elected by the Council. 

DIRECTOR FOR EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

Charles Stanwood was again elected, as director 
at large, for one year, in non-concurrence, by a 
vote of 31, to 24 for J. Irving Cross, and 2 for Geo. 
E. Young. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

Whole number of votes, 58 ; necessary to a choice, 
30. Koss Doherty, 24; A. R. Holden, 21; James 
Dennie. 22; Otis Rich, 18; A. W. Clapp, 18; M.J. 
Croak, 9; J. A. Johnston, 3. No choice. 

On the second ballot, Ross Doherty was elected 
in concurrence, the vote being as follows: Whole 
number of votes, 58: necessary for a choice, 30; 
Ross Dohertv, 33 ; Otis Rich, 22; James Dennie, 
22; A. R. Holden, 17; J. W. Clapp, 11; M. J. Croak, 
4; A. W. Clapp, 1; J. A.Johnston, 1. 

On the third ballot there was no choice, Otis 
Rich having 24; James Dennie, 20; A. R. Holden, 
7; A. W. Clapp, 4; M. J. Croak, 2. 

A motion to postpone for one week was Jost, 
when a fourth ballot resulted as follows: Whole 
number of votes, 58; necessary for a choice, 30; 
Otis Rich, 39; James Dennie, 13; A. R. Holden, 4; 
A. VV . Clapp, 1 ; M. J. Croak, 1. 

Mr. Rich was declared to be elected in non-con- 
currence. 



i -;i irisiiED blsi:;i BE. 
The order authorizing alterations to be made on 
Engine House No. 14, at a cost of not more than 
$9000, was read a second time and passed. 

SUFFOLK STREET DISTRICT. 

The special assignment for 8 o'clock, the orders 
concerning Suffolk Street District, was laid on the 
table. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 
Mr. Cray Of Ward 12, from the Joint Standing 
Committeec on the Assessors' Department, who 
are required to nominate candidates for Sec- 
ond Assistant Assessors of Taxes, made a report, 
recommending the election of the following-named 
persons: 
Ward 1 — Daniel J. Sweenev, John Noblt . 
Ward 2— .John F. Flynn, Thos. Caswell. 
Ward 3 — Joseph Allen. 

Ward 4 — Francis S. Carruth, Martin Dowling. 
Ward 5 — Fierce A. Doherty, Fatrick Lovett. 
Ward — John L. Brigham. 
Ward 7 — Jeremiah Sullivan. 
Ward 8— Cadis II. Boyce. 
Ward 9— Charles No well. 
Ward 10— Thaddeus (iould. 
Ward 11— George W. Skinner. 
Ward 12 — Thomas Leavitt, William II. Mason. 
Ward 13-John D. Carty. 
Ward 14— William H. Mcintosh. 
Ward 15— S. Farkman Blake. 
Ward 16— E. H. R. Ruggles, William Withington. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr. Williams of Ward 13 moved that the Coun- 
cil proceed to an election. 

Mr. Bicknell of Ward 4 moved as an amendment 
to assign the election to Thursday evening next. 
8 o'clock. Carried by a vote of 32 to 26. 

Mr. Learnard of Ward 11, from the joint special 
Committee to Nominate Candidates for the Cochit- 
uate Water Board, made a report, reccommending 
the election of Ge orge Lewis and John A. Haven 
as members of said board, at large, for two years. 
Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 moved to assign the elec- 
tion to Thursday evening next, 6% o'clock. Lost. 
27 to 27, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion. 

members of watek board. 
A ballot for members of the Water Board at 
large, for two years, resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a choice 30 

George Lewis 41 

John A. Haven 34 

and were elected. 

J. M. Wightman 21 

Alexander Wadsworth 3 

F. O. Osborn 3 

Francis Osborn 2 

John A. Holden 1 

Frederick B. Day 1 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 moved a reconsideration 
of the assignment of the election of Second As- 
sistant Assessors to next week, which was carried. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved to postpone the elec- 
tion one week, which was lost, when the Council, 
by a vote of 27 to 17, voted to proceed to an elec- 
tion. 

The whole number of votes was 57; necessary for 
a choice, 29. 

Ward 1 — Districts I and 2. Daniel J. Sweeney. 
36; John Noble, 51— elected; John Whorf, 23; 
Thomas Berry, 1. 

Ward 2 — Districts 3 and 4. John F. Flynn, 56; 
Thomas Caswell, 53 — elected; James Haley. 1. 

Ward 3— District 5. Joseph Allen, 55-^-elected ; 
Edward Riley, l. 

Ward 4 — Districts 6 and 7. Francis S. Carruth, 51 ; 
Martin Dowling. 55 — elected: Francis Carruth, 3; 
James McGee, 2; H. H. Holbrook, 1. 

Ward 5 — Districts 8 and 9. John J. Gallivan, 35 — 
elected; Pierce A. Doherty, 28; John Donnelly. 1^: 
P. Mungovan, 11; Pa trick 'Lovett, 10. 

Ward 6— District 10. John L. Brigham. 57— elect- 
ed. 

Ward 7— District 11. Jeremiah Sullivan, 56 — 
elected; C. E. Jenkins, (!. 

Ward 8— District 12. Cadis B. Boyce, 55 — elected ; 
C. K. Banister, 2. 

Ward 9 — District 13. Chas. Nowell, 55— elected ; 
F. A. Wilkins, 2. 

Ward 10— District 14. Thaddeus Gould, 57— elect- 
ed. 



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Warrl 11— District 15. Geo. W. Skinner, 57— 
elected. 

Ward 12 — Districts 16, 17. Thos. Leavitt,55; Wm. 
H. Mason. 54— elected ; Thos. T. Dowd, 1. 

Ward 13— District 18. John D. Carty, 53— elected ; 
Alexander Stewart, 5. 

Ward 14— District 19. Wm. H. Mcintosh, 55— 
elected; C. G. Scott, 1. 

Ward 15— District 20. A. S. Parker, 35— elected; 
S. Parkman Blake, 23; A. K. Smith, 1, 

Ward 16— Districts 21, 22. E. H. K. Ruggles, 55 ; 
Wm. Withington, 55 — elected; A. S. Capen, 1. 

There being one vacancj in Ward 5, the Council 
proceeded to another ballot, resulting as follows: 

Whole number of votes, 47; necessary for a 
choice, 24. Pierce A. Doherty, 25 — elected; P. Mun- 
govan, 13; John Donnelly, 7*; 1'. Lovett, 1; P. A. 
Lovett, 1 . 

All of the above, except Mr. (iallivan, Ward 5, 
and Mr. Parker, Ward 15, were the nominees of the 
committee. 

COMMITTEE OS PAVLKG. 

Messrs. Bishop, Ward 7. Xoyes, Wards, Woolley, 
Ward 1, Ryan, Ward 13, and Niles. Ward 6, were 
appointed "the Committee on Paving of the Com- 
mon Council. 

On motion of Mr. Bishop of Ward 7, 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Com- 
mon Council be amended by striking out of the 
39th section the words relative to Standing Com- 
mittees on "Common and Squares" and the "Fire 
Department." 

On motion of Mr. Bishop of Ward 7, 



Ordered, That the Committee on Water consider 
and report whether the high charges for water may 
not in some measure be abated. 

On motion of Mr. Squires of Ward 8, 

Ordered, That the Committee on tire Depart- 
ment be directed to cause Hose Carriage No. 2 to 
be kept in Hudson street. 

Mr. Bishop moved that when the Council ad- 
journs, it be to Wednesday evening next, it 
being known that Thursday would be kept as a 
sort of holiday. Lost. 

Mr. Dolan of Ward 13 asked to be alio we J to re- 
cord his vote 

Ruled to be too late. 

Mr. Doian moved a reconsideration of the vote 
refusing to adjourn to Wednesday evening. 

On a question of order that Mr. Dolan did not 
vote with the majority, it was ruled that it was 
presumed, nothing being known to the contrary, 
that the mover voted with the majority. 

The motion to reconsider was carried by a 
vote of 25 to 24, as follows : 

Yeas— Bickford, Bishop, Bonner, Brooks, Brown, 
Devine, Dolan, Flanders, Giblin. Kingsbury, Mur- 
phy, Niles, Noyes, O'Brien, O'Connor, Perkins, 
Quinn, Rogers," Rvan, Seaverns, Squires, Taylor, 
Wells. Woolley, (the President)— 25. 

Nays — Ayer, Barnes, Bicknell, Bond, Bradt, 
Burt," Emerson, Frost, Hall, Learnard, Mead, Morse, 
Moulton, Patch, Poor, Pope, Bobbins, Sayward. 
Smith, Temple, Wilkins, Williams, Winch, Woods 
—24. 

The motion recurring upon adjourning to 
Wednesday evening was lost, 23 to 24. 

Adjourned to Thursday eveninp, 7 1 ,' o'clock. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 14, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting oi" the Hoard of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon at four o'clock f 
Mayor shurtlctf pre siding. 

Al I'OINTMENXH MADE AND CONFIItMED. 

Truant Officers — Chase Cole, Charles E. Turner, 
George M. Felch, E. G. Kiehardson, l'hineas Hates, 
A. M. Lovitt, Samuel Mcintosh, K. F. Meoueu, 
James P. Leeds, Jeremiah M. Swett. 

Constables — James 1*. Leeds, Jeremiah M. Swett. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND HEFERKEI). 

Dr. G. Duhelle, for leave to introduce his im- 
proved pavement into the city. 

Geo. F. Meachain, for the tirade of Shawmut 
avenue at the corner of Walthani street. 

James McCaffrey and otliers, that the portion of 
the "old road" now called Gold street, between B 
and C streets, be graded. 

Thos. C. Wales and 46 others, owners of houses, 
Chester square, against any change of name or 
numbers on said square. 

Chas. F. A. Feyle, to be paid for grade damages 
on Kuggles street. 

F. Clapp & Sons and others, that John street be 
cleared of snow. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Augustus Hacou, for removal of a tree from side- 
walk of So. 13 Auburn street. Keferred to Com- 
mittee on Common, »&c. 

Publishers of daily newspapers, for a hearing in 
regard to rates lor city advertising. Keferred to 
Committee on Printing. 

P. & T. J. Dunbar, to be compensated for dam- 
ages done to their estate on„ Second street, on ac- 
count of the extension of Broadway. 

Henry C. Jepson, heirs of George E. Head, and 
Lewis Dupee, severally for apportionment of Tre- 
mont street betterments. 

Chas Kiehardson and others that Gore avenue be 
accepted as a public highway. 

Severally relerred to the Committee on Streets. 

John P.Treadwell, for abatement of a nuisance at 
the corner of Kneeland and Washington streets, 
caused by a defective drain. Keferred to Commit- 
tee on Health. 

Michael Lagan, to be compensated for injuries 
done to his wife on account of a fall in Tremont 
street. Keferred to the Committee on Claims. 

McDonald & Lawton, for a sewer in Yarmouth 
street. 

St. Stephen's Church for abatement of a sewer 
assessment in Purchase street. 

Cornelius Cowing and Others, that the Eliot 
street sewer may be deepened between Tremont 
and Pleasant streets. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

J. H. Whittemore, for a license as an innholder. 
Keferred to the Committee on Licenses. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUICD. 

S. J. & G.Tuttle, 43 and 44 West street; Corne- 
lius Doherty, 82 Paris street: D. L. Gray, Marginal 
street, near Eastern Kailroad; Kudoph Holmquist, 
876 Federal street; John Kobbins, rear 108 Havre 
street; Faulkner & Clark, 64 Eliot street; A. H. 
Clover, Commercial street, Glover's Corner; 
Thompson Boyd, Dorchester avenue; Ware & Van 
Brunt, 107 and 109 Hanover street; J. Q. A. Clifton, 
Sumner street, corner of People's Ferry avenue; C. 
Chipmau & Son, rear 103 Eliot street; Wilson & 
Drake, 32 Monmouth street; W. H. Leach, Tremont 
street, corner of Concord street; Linton Gramer, 
Dorchester avenue, near Codman street ; George 
Gardner, Avon place; John R. Hall, Nos. 68 to 74 
Eliot street, and 113 Warrington street; N. J. Brad- 
lee, So. 14 Eliot street. Severally referred to the 
Committee on Streets. 

. REVISED LIST OF JDEOES. 

The following communication was laid b«fore 
the Board: 



The list of jurors qualified to serve in the several 
Courts of the County of Suffolk having been re- 
vised by the Board of Aldermen, and having been 
posted "up for more than ten days in the City Hall 
and Court House, is now ready to be sent to the 
Common Council for revision and acceptance, 
pursuant to law. 

S. F. McCleauv, City Clerk. 

Sent down for concurrence. 

ANNUAL HKPOUT OF THE CITV FHYSK'IAX. 

The annual report of Dr. Wm. Kead, City Physi- 
cian, was laid before the Board, in which he says 
that in "the twelvemonth ending Dec. 31, 1869, 1079 
visits have been made to persons confined in the jail. 
1 am happy in being able to add that during the 
past year there has been no prevalent disease 
among the inmates, and but one death has oc- 
curred from delirium tremens. The City Prison 
and the Temporary Home in Chardou street have 
been visited whenever their respective inmates 
have needed my services. In the latter institution 
two births and sixth deaths have taken place. 
Under the direction of the Chief of the Police ex- 
aminations have been made of fifty-six appointed 
men and certificates furnished them of their 
physical ability to serve on the force. 

By the records of the City Kegistrar's office the 
number of deaths from small pox during the past • 
year has been five. This is Dot a large number, 
when taken by itself, but it is large enough to sug- 
gest the inquiry whethe. - in a community where 
the means of protection by vaccination are pro- 
vided gratuitously by the city, even such a num- 
ber ought to appear. By a canvass of the city in 
October, 1868, it appeared that there were 6308* un- 
vaccinated persons, and by a canvass this year the 
number was found to be 8321. 

This number is largely in excess of the result ob- 
tained in the same way in former years, and ought 
not to be found in a community where the means 
of vaccination gratuitously furnished by the city 
enable all to avail themselves of it. The laws and 
ordinances existing are in full force at the present 
time, and are ample to prevent this undesirable 
state of affairs, but they are never enforced. [These 
provisions are referred to in chapter 26, sections 
44, 47, 48, 27, 28, 29. ] 

******* 

The city provides for a gratuitous vaccination 
of its citizens without respect to age or condition, 
and a larger number annually avail themselves of 
this charity. But the extension of the territorial 
area of the city by the recent annexation of Kox- 
bury and Dorchester render it more difficult than 
ever for all to come to this office for that purpose. 
The ferry with its delays also render it less avail- 
able for those who live at East Boston. 1 would 
respectfully suggest to the Board the considera- 
tion of this point, to see if it may not be wise to 
establish branch offices for vaccination in such 
localities as will accsmmodate those who are un- 
able to hring their children to this office. 

It is a noticeable fact that during the period 
twenty-six years from 1811 to 1836 inclusive, previ- 
ous to the repeal of the law requiring the imme- 
diate removal of cases of small-pox from the city 
to a place of security, there were but thirty-eight 
deaths from this disease, and for many years in 
succession not a single death. Since its repeal, in 
the thirty-two years which have elapsed from 1837 
to 1868, inclusive, nineteen hundred and thirty-six 
persons have died from the same cause. 

Can any argument be required stronger than the 
facts cited above, in justification of the wisdom 
and necessity of provisions similar to that of the 
old law in their effect to isolate persons suffering 
from this loathsome disease, and thus prevent 
their endangering the lives and health of the com- 
munity? Hut if this cannot be obtained, a thor- 
ough enforcement of the provisions of existing 
statutes already quoted relating to vaccination 
will accomplish very much the same end. 

******* 

I would again most respectfully call the atten- 
tion of the Board of Health to this subject, with 
the hope that some measures may be devised to 
remedy the evil and reduce the large number of 
uuVaccinated persons in our midst. 

The business of the officer for the vear ending 
December 31, 1869, was as follows.viz. : Persons vac- 
cinated 1640, children examined, and certificates 
furnished for admission to the public Schools, J23L 
physicians supplied with vaccine material ll»;^vfj- 
its made to persons at the jail 1079 ; examination ipf 
persons appointed to the p.olice 66; number <»f 
deaths from email pox during the year 5. 



MARCH 14 



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Laid on the table and ordered to lie .printed. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

. The order of notice on petition of the Albany 
Street Freight Railroad Company for leave to use 
steam as a motive power in the streets of this city 
>v'.as taken up. 

A remonstrance was presented by Alderman 
Cowdin from Cook, Jordan & Morse and others, 
against granting said petitions, and several per- 
sons present made known .their intentions to op- 
pose 'the granting of the power asked for. 

Alderman Talbot stated that he had' received a 
communication from Jarvis Williams, President of 
t^e corporation, asking for a postponement Of the 
hearing. 

The hearing was postponed for one week, on mo- 
tion of Alderman 'ialbot. 

The hearing on petition of Chas. Spofford, for 
leave to use a steam boiler at the corner of Third 
and-F streets, was taken up. sumner Crosby; on 
behalf of several remonstrants, asked for a post- 
ponement one week to enable them to prepare for 
opposition to the project. The hearing was post- 
poned for one week. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following order was read a second time and 
passed: 

urder, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grade Kortbfield street, and put the 
same in safe condition for public travel, at an es- 
timated cost of ,$U00. 

The order for a loan of $450,000 to finish the con- 
struction of Broadway from Federal to Albany 
streets (City Doc. 28) coming up, a communica- 
tion was read from C'. Curry relative to the cost of 
the extension of Broadway, relating particularly to 
the-bridge, and expressing a willingness to make 
some statements on the subject, should a hearing 
be granted him. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot the order was 
laid. on the table for one week, and on motion of 
Alderman Pratt the communication was referred 
to the Committee on Paving, with instructions to 
report on the subject. 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

A proposition from the School Committee for a 
convention on the evening of the second Tuesday 
in April, to till a vacancy in said Committee for 
Ward 11, was concuTted in. 

PAPERS FROM. THE COMMON COUNCIL 

The request of the School Committee for purchase 
of" additional land .adjacent to the formal 
schoolhouse was referred to Committee on Public 
Instruction, in concurrence. 

The order for Committee on Water to consider 
the expediency of reducing rates. for dwellings, 
was passed, in concurrence. 

The order authorizing .alterations to be made on 
Engine House IS'o. 14, at a cost of not. more than 
$9000, was read once. 

The" reports oi Committees to nominate members 
of the- Water Board, and second Assistant Asses- 
sors, were accepted, and elections: took place, as 
follows: 

.FIBST ASSI8TAHT ASSESSOR. 

On the first ballot there was no choice, the vote 
heing as follows: James. Dennie, 5; Otis Rich, 3: 
A. K. Holden, 2; John Brown, 2. 

Alderman Connor, from the Committee on Norn- 
inatfon of Assessors, stated that the Committee 
would nominate John Brown for a vacancy, "Un 
place of Joseph F. Huntress.resigned, and it was 
useless to" vote for him now. . 

Onthe'se'cbiid ballot James Dennie was elected, 
in non-concurrence, bv a vote of 7 to 5 for Otis 
Kich. 

The name of John Brown was .subsequently re- 
ported to till the vacancy in place of Joseph F. 
Huntress, resigned, and John Brown was elected, 
by a vote of 9 to 1 each for Otis Kich, A. K. Holden 
and Charles Richardson. 

D1EECTOE FOK EAST BOSTON FEEEV, 

J.Irving Cross was again elected, in hon-cur- 
currence, by a vote of 8 to 4 for Chas. Stanwood, 
elected by the Common Council. 

WATER BOARD. 

The election of two members of the Water Board . 
at large, for two years, resulted in the choice of 
George Lewis and John A. Haven, in concurrence,' - 
the vote being : (ieorge Lewis, 9; John A. Haven, , 
9; Joe. M. Wightman, 5; Alexander W-adswoTth, 1» - 



SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOB8. 

Ward 1— Districts 1 and 2. Daniel J. Sweeney 
12: John JS'uble 10— elected; James Whorf 2. 

Ward 2— Districts 3 and 4. Johii F. Flynn 12 ; 
Thomas Caswell 12— elected. 

Ward 3— District 5. Joseph Allen 7— elected. 
Winslow S. Kyle 3; E. W. James 2. 

Ward 4: — Districts and -7. Francis S. Carruth 
9; Martin Dowling 8— elected; Francis Carruth 2; 
Chas. Colburn 2; J. W. Clapp 1; John J. Galli- 
van 1. 

Ward 5 — Districts 8 and 9. John J. Gallivan 7; 
Pierce Ao-Dnherty 8 — elected; Patrick Lovett 6; 
John-Donnelly £. 

Ward 6— District 10. John L. Brigham 12— elect- 
ed. 

Ward 7— J. Albeit Johnston 7— elected; Jere- 
miah Sullivan 5. 

Ward 8— District 12. Cadis B- Bovce 12— elected. 

Ward 9— District 13. Charles Jiowell 12-=eleet- 
ed. ■- - ■' ■ ■ i^- 

Ward 10— District 14. Thaddeus Gould 12— 
elected ■-.*'.-. • - ' 

Ward 11— District 15. George W. Skinner 12— 
elected. 

Ward 12^-Dv8tricts 16,17. Thomas Leavitt 12; 
Win. H. Mason 12 — elected. 

Ward lS^Distriet 18. John D. Carty 7— alected ; 
A. H. Stewart 2; Alexander Stuart 3. - i 

Ward 14— District 19. William H. Mcintosh 12,— 
elected.. . ...... - • 

Ward 15— District 20. S. Parkman Bl ke 10— 
elected; A. S.Parker 2. > -- • ■■ . 

-Ward lti-rDjstricts 21, 22. E. H. R. Buggies 1,2; 
Wm. Withington 12— elected. . 

SUPERINTENDENT OF COMMON. ... 

John -Calvin was -elected by avote of ll,;to lfor 
Oliver Spur. f ' ! 

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBBABY. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee appointed 
to nominate candidates for Trustees of 'the FirBlic 
Library,, made a report that having reoei-vecr-'a 
communication from Mr.- Edwin P.-VVhipy>le de- 
clining a renomination, they.therefori^reeonim'end 
the election oLSamuel A. Green and Ellis W. Mdr- 
ton as members at large of f aid Board of Trustees • 
for three years. . The report Was - accepted, and 
Samuel A. Greenand Ellis W-; Morton were unani- 
mously elected. 

COMMISSIONER OF CEDAR GROVE CEMETJBBY. : 

He'nfy L. Pierce was unanimously elected a Com- 
missioner for Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of licenses' 'to J. D. 
Judge to give two concerts, March 16, 17 ; John 
T. Moriarty to give a musical and dramatic en- 
tertainment at Mercantile Hall, March 17 ; M. T- 
Dole, to give Sabbath School Exhibitions at Mer- 
cantile Hall; also licenses to six newsboys and 
one bootblack, and to sundry persons "for wagon 
stands, transfer of wagon stands, hack stands, 
hack license, to keep an intelligence office, and 
for secondhand article?. Severally accepted. 

Alderman (jibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of a transfer of lease of 
cellar :No. 10 Faneuil Hall Market. Accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from theComniittee on Steam. 
Engines, reportedthat leave.be granted to K'avttl 
<& Co. to put up a. steam boiler and engine lear^oT 
1051 Washington street. Accepted. ;a - ; 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall, reported in favor of the' use of Faneuil 
Hall to Horace N.Gi'over and others, for a market- 
men's ball, March 22. Accepted. " 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on 
Streets, reported no action necessary on sundry 
notices of intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Cottrmrtrtee on Police," 
to whom was leferred the petition of Josiab M. 
Thing to be appointed a Constable of this city, 
made a report,. that under the statutes the action 
of the Mayor is first -required in making the ap- 
pointment; and they therefore recommend that 
the petition be referred to the .Mayor. The report 
was accepted. , 

Alderman Bra-man, from the Committee on 
Health, reported in favor of the petition of S. G 
Howe for leave to use a stable on Fourth street" 
belonging, to the' Institution" for the Blind, and 
lean?e-*r> withdraw' on -petif.oii of Francis Jamos 
and others. Accepted. »■•: : •••.'■ f*. 



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B O A R I) OF ALDEKM K X . 



Alderman Pope, rrom the Committee on Iiiblic 
Lands, cm the petition of Charles K. Kirby, for an 
extension of time ill which to build upon two tots 
of land OB Marlborough street, made a report 
recommending the passage of the following order: 

Ordered, That the time for building upon two 
lots of land on Marlborough street, as purchased 
of the City oi Boston; by Charles K. Kirby, March 
28, 1868, be extended lor one year from Apr tJ 1, 1870, 
upon the express condition that he pays to the 
Superintendent of Public Lands the sum of *50(> 
within twenty days from the passage of this order. 

Read twicc'anu passed. 

A'.deinmn Fope ; from the same Committee, re- 
ported leave to withdraw on the petitioo of Daniel 
\V . Tarr for a release of the conuitioni* of sale of 
land on Worcester street, near Tremont street; 
also, on petition of Charlotte E. Baker, that the 
city would refund money paid by her on laud on 
Pembroke street. SeveraJlv accepted. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee to Nomi- 
nate Candidates foi inspectois of I. hue, Cullers of 
Hoops and Staves, Field-Drivers and Pound- 
Keepers, and Fence-Viewers, made a report, rec- 
ommending the appointment of the lollowing- 
named persons: 

Inspectors of Lime— Ebenezer Curtis, Andrew 
Abbott. 

Cullers of Hoops and Mavis— Lewis Heck, Ber.j. 
Abbott. 

Field Drivers and Pound Keepers— Win. D. Cook, 
S. K. Partridge, Henry M-rse, Thos. M. Cotton, 
Maurice B. Kowe, Samuel Mcintosh, Edward F. 
Mecuen, E. T. Hitchcock, Matthew K.Clark, J. M. 
Swett, Minot D. (ietchell, Charles Spear, Theodore 
Hersey, Win. Cordon, Wilson Stanley, John Ho Die, 
Win. Moulton, Robert T. Glidden. 

Fence Viewers — Moses Uregg, John Noble. John 
Dove, Luther Briggs, fc. H. li. Ruggles, John W. 
Draper. 

These nominations were severally confirmed. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the several petitions for leave to erect stable3, 
of James Mai onej. on Clapp street; John lvenney. 
Phillips' street; F, & D, J. Haines, on Liverpool 
street; Samuel Ford, Tudor street; H. A. Wether- 
bee, Warren place. Hearings Monday, March 21, 
4 P.M. ; . 

Calef «& Son, for leave to erect a steam-planing 
mill on Parkman's wharf, west of Charles street. 
Hearing Monday, April 4, 4 P. M. 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT 
OF THE POLICE. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, City Document 
No. 23 was taken up, it being the Rules and Regu- 
lations for the Government of the Police. On a 
further motion, City Document Ne. 33, being 
Amended Hules and Regulations for the Govern- 
ment of the Police, was substituted for No. 23, and 
was unanimously adopted as the Police Hules and 
Regulations. 

Some of the principal changes in the amended 
rules, differing from the changes proposed, as 
published in the proceedings of the Board, Feb. 
22, are as follows : 

Jn rule 9, relating to suspensions from duty, and 
furloughs, the report is required to be made to the 
"Committee oh Police," as well as the Mayor. 

In rule 19, the words "for detective or other ser- 
vice" are struck out of the provision detailing 
officers for special duty. For rule 20, relating to 
compensation for special duty, is substituted a 
rule relating to the detail of an officer to ex-amine 
all applications for permission to use portions of 
streets or sidewalks for building purposes, and 
when granted to see that the restrictions' in such 
cases are complied with. 

Rule 27 provides that "nominations shall be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Police, who shall re- 
port as soon as practicable to the Board of Alder- 
nven for confirmation or rejection.'' 



Immediately upon the adoption of the Bulesand 
Regulations, the Mayor submitted the nomination 
of Edward H. Savage as Chief of Police. 

Alderman Talbot stated that by the rules which 
had just been adopted, the nomination would be 
required to lie over. He did not, however, care 
about delay, and hoped the question would be 
taken at once on the nomination-of Chief. 

The motion on confirmation of the nomination 
was put ana carried, no one voting- in the nega- 
tive. 

A few minutes afterward*, other husiness hav- 
ing intervened, Alderman l'ratt addressed the 
Board, stating that in violation of the rules they 
had just adopted, they had swallowed the nomina- 
tion of Chief of Police at one gulp. He charac- 
terised the police force as a disgrace to the city. 
I nder the management which had existed for tti* 1 
past three or four years, the wife of any member of 
the Board was liable to be insulted in the street, 
and his children stoned on their way to school. 
In his view, the Board ought not to submit to 
this disgraceful state of things any longer, and 
for the reasons he had given, he moved that the 
confirmation of the nomination just made be re- 
considered. ■ 

The Mayor said he would waive his rights in the 
case, and'entertain the motion, although he be- 
lieved that when a nomination was made and con- 
firmed, it was a valid one, and no reconsideration 
could take place except in concurrence with the 
appointing power. 

The motion was put and carried, by a vote of 9 
yeas to 3 nays as follows : 

Yeas— Braman, Carpenter, Connor, Jacobs, Jen- 
kns, Pratt, Pierce, Pratt, Talbot. 

Nays — Cowdin. Gibson, Hawes. 

The nomination was then referred to the Com- 
mittee on Police. 

ROX1IU1U LATIN SCHOOL. 

On motion of Alderman fierce the report and 
order to grant ^2000 to the Trustees of the Hoxbury 
Latin School for the present municipal year was 
taken up by special assignment. 

Alderman Talbot stated that he had understood 
all of the Aldermen except himself had been fur- 
nished with a paper which had convinced them of 
the rightfulness of this appropriation. Perhaps he 
should have been convinced had he been so fur- 
nished. 

Alderman Cowdin said his opposition, without 
fully understanding the question, had been through 
fear that the appropriation might be a precedent 
for appropriations for sectarian schools. Not 
knowing all the facts he voted agaiust it, and 
should nave done so again under the same circum- 
stances. The Legislature of last year passed an 
aet specially to meet this case, and'he should now 
vote for the appropriation. 

Alderman Pratt said if the objection madewas 
on the ground of fear of precedent, the argument 
falls to the ground, for this school was not a sec- 
tarian school, but a secular school. 

The order was unanimously passed, every mem- 
ber of the Board voting for it by yeas and nays. 

The rules and regulations for'the government of 
intelligence offices and pawn-brokers' offices were 
taken up and again laid over for one week. 

ORDER ADOPTED. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Peter C. Jones & 
Son the sum of $3000, in full compensation for aU 
damages sustained by them and all other ownei-s 
of estate uumbered 22 and 26 Water street, by the 
raising of said Water street to the grade estab- 
lished by the Board of Aldermen, Sept. 24, 1868, 
upon their giving to the city an acquittance and 
discharge for said damages satlsfaptory tqthe City 
Solicitor, the same to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for paving. 

Adjourntd. 



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( ' O M M O N C O UNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH IT, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at iy a o'clock, M. 
R. Ingalls, the President, in tlie chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOABD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Michael Lagan and of Augustus 
Bacon were referred, in concurrence. 

The following reports were accepted, in concur- 
rence : 

Report leave to withdraw on petition of D. W. 
Tarr tor a r< lease of conditions of sale of land on 
Worcester street. 

lieport leave to withdraw on petition of C. B. 
Baker, that the city would refund the amount paid 
lor land on Pembroke street. 

The report and order for extension or time for 
tuilding on two lots on Marlboro' street, owned by 
('. K.Kirby, to April 1, 1871, was passed in con- 
currence. 

The report on nomination of Inspectors of Lime, 
Cullers of Hoops and Staves, Field Drivers and 
P' i! id Keepers, and Fence Viewers, was accepted, 
and the nominations confirmed, in concurrence. 

T e report and orders for the payment of two 
thousand dollars to the Trustees of the Koxliury 
Latin School, for the maintenance of said school, 
and for a transfer of said amount from the Re- 
served Fund, were read twice and passed, in con- 
currence. 

The list of jurors was accepted, in concurrence. 

The reports and certificates of sundry elections 
were read, and the Council proceeded to elections, 
as follows: 

TIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The election to fill the vacancy occasioned by the 
resignation of Joseph F. Huntress resulted as fol- 
lows: 

1st bal. 2d bal. 3d bal. 

Whole number of votes 53 58 5(5 

■\ ecessary to a choice 27 30 29 

John Brown 23 29 27 

J. W. Clapp 15 13 15 

Otis Rich 10 7 

A. K. Holden 6 4 

James Dennie 2 2 1 

Brown 1 

W. S. Kyle . 1 

A motion to postpone the election one week was 
Iosl, and further ballotings were as follows: 

4th bal. 5th bal. 6th bal. 

Whole number of votes 59 58 59 

Necessary to a choice 30 30 30 

John Brown 25 27 30 

J. W. Clapp 25 29 28 

Otis Rich 7 

A. K. Holden » i 

•lames Dennie '.2 

•John Brown was declared elected on the sixth 
ballot, in concurrence. 

• >u the ballot to elect one Assistant Assessor to 
fill the Board, Otis Kich was elected in non-con- 
currence, by a vote of 39 to 16 for James Dennie, 
and 4 for A. K. Holden. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

A ballot for two second Assessors resulted as 
follows: Ward 7, Jeremiah Sullivan, 36 — elected in 
non-currence ; J. Albert Johnston, 24. Ward 15. 
S. Parkinan Blake, 30; Abraham S. Parker, 25; M. 
J. Croak, 3. On the second ballot S. Parkman 
Blake was elected in concurrence, by a vote of 40 
to 19 for A. s. Parker, and 2 for J. A.' Johnston. 

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRAEY. 

Samuel A. Green and Ellis W. Morton were 
elected, in concurrence, by votes as follows: 
Whole number, 54; necessary to a choice, 28. S. 
A. Green, 51 ; E. W. Morton, 36; E. E. Hale, 11 ; J. 
M. Wightman, 4; T. L. Jeuks, 2; C.Carver, J. B. 
Dow, T. F. Temple, 1 each. 

COMMISSIONER OF CEDAE GEOVE CEMETEBY. 

Henry L. Pierce was elected, in concurrence, by 
a vote of 53 to 1 each for A. R. Holden and James 
Dennie. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF COMMON AND SQUARES. 

The election of Superintendent of Common and 
Squares was taken up. 
Mr. Smith of Ward 10 stated that there were 



doubtf whether John Galvin was a resident of 

Bo ton, and lie moved the postponement of the 
election and the appointment of a committee to 
report where the residence of Mr. Galvi.: i-. 

Mr. Wilkins oi Ward 9 stated that Mr. Galvin 
voted in Ward 9 last yet. . 

Mr. Parker of Ward 14 said the name of Mr. Gal- 
vin was on the voting list of West Koxbury the 
present year. 

Mr. Wells of Ward :; stated that this question 
came up last year, when it appeared tint Mr. Gal- 
vin was a voter in Ward 9. The City Solicitor had 
given his opinion that Mr. Galvin 'was eligible to 
this ottice. 

Mr. Wilkins repeated that he knew Mr. Galvin 
voted in Ward 9 last year. 

Mr. Smith wished to know whether he voted also 
in West Koxlm; v. 

Mr. Parker stated that last year's voting list in 
West Koxbury was destroyed,' and it was not cer- 
tain whether bis name was on that list 

The motion to postpone was lost, when a ballot 
was taken, and Mr. Galvin was elec : ed in concur- 
rence, by a vote of 41 to 13 for Mr. Doogue, and 7 
for Edward Davenport. 

DIRECTOR OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

J. Irving Cross was elected in concurrence a Di- 
rector at large tor East Boston Ferries, for one 
year, by a vote of 39 to 21 for Charles Stanwood and 
1 for John W. Leighton. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order authorizing loan of the surplus books in 
the library to the several engine, hose, and hook- 
and-ladder companies. 

Order authorizing the Hose Carriages connected 
with Engines Xo. 7 and 13, and Kelief Hose Car- 
riage .No. 1. to be repaired, at an expense of S500. 

Order authorizing Kelief Engine So. 5 to be re- 
paired, at an expense of not more than S1500. 

Order authorizing Engine So. 17 to be repaired, 
at an expense not exceeding $1300. 

Order authorizing Engine So. 9 to be repaired, 
at a cost of not more than §1500. 

PETITIONS PBESENTED AND EEFEEEED. 

O. S. Knapp. to be paid for damages done to his 
horse by an alleged defect in India street. 

Moses Adams of West Tisbury. to be compen- 
sated for injuries received by the breaking ot his 
wrist, in falling upon a sidewalk in Faneul Hall 
square on the 10th March. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

DIBECTORS OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee appointed to nominate candidates for Di- 
rectors of Public Institutions, at large, made a re- 
port recommending the election of Bradley N. 
Cumings, Win. G. Harris, and Win, Seaver. 
The report was accepted. 

A motion by Mr. Winch of Ward 10 to assign the 
election to Thursday evening next was lost, when 
a ballot resulted as follows: Whole number of 
votes, 61 ; necessary to a choice, 31. 

J. P. Bradlee, 46; Wm. Seaver, 46; Bradley X. 
Cumings. 38; Wm. G. Harris, 28; Edward A. 
White, 5; George P. Darrow, 2; George P. French, 
1. Messrs. Bradlee, Seaver and Cumings were 
elected on the pirt of the Council. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Mr. Woolley of Ward 1, from the joint special 
committee appointed to nominate candidates for 
Assistant Engineers of the Fire Department, made 
a report recommending the election of the follow- 
ing-named persons: 

John S. Jacobs, John W. Regan, David Cham- 
berlain, Zenas E. Smith, George Brown, Joseph 
Dunbar, Phineas D. Allen, James Munroe, John 
Culligan, Rufus B. Farrar, Joseph Barnes, 6. H. 
Hebard, John A. Fynes, Thomas P. Swett. 

The report was accepted, when an election took 
place as follows : 

Whole number of votes, 62; necessary to a 
choice, 32. 

John S. Jacobs, 62; John W. Regan, 49; David 
Chamberlin, 47; Zenas E Smith, 57; George 
Brown, 51 : Joseph Dunbar, 61 ; John Culligan, 58; 
Rufus B. Farrar, 60 ; Joseph Barnes, 62; Sylvester 
H. Hebard, 54; Thomas B. Swett, 38; William A. 
Green, 39; Elijah B. Hine, 40; Theodore Hersey, 
36. 

All of the above were elected, and the other votes 
were as follows: James Munroe ; 32; Phhieas D. 
Allen, 20; John A. Fynes. 25; l\m. H. Cunning- 
ham, 22 ; James Orrock, 2 ; Fred. Wright, 2 ; John B. 
Hill, George Wright, ore each. 

Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 21, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtieff presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Thirty-six Jurors were drawn for the First Ses- 
sion of'the Superior Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special Police Officers, without pay— Samuel 
Colburn, for the Third National Bank. 
Constable— Sarell Gleason (Dorchester). 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AIID REFERRED. 

Charles Francis Adams and others, that the Tre- 
mont sewer, near Boylston street, be lowered. 

Willis B. Mendum and others, lor a flood-gate on 
Lowland street. 

Trustees of estate of John Kayner, for abate- 
ment of sewer assessment on Hanover street. 

Faulkner & Clarke and others, that the Eliot 
street sewer may be lowered. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Wm. B. Lovejoy & Co., for abatement of tax for 
18G9. .Referred to Committee on Assessors' De- 
partment. 

John Donnelly, for leave to place a bill board on 
Boston & Albany Railroad bridge, on Tremons 
stieet. 

John D. Finn and others, that Brooks street, 
between Chelsea and Bremen streets, be filled up, 
also that the same may be graded. 

Metropolitan Kailroad Co., for location of a turn- 
out at Mount Pleasant. 

Kobert. Bishop and others, that Swan street be 
graded and paved. 

Severally reterred to Committee on Paving. 

Thomas Gorman and others, for a lamp in Hun- 
neman place. Referred to Committee on Lamps. 

Richard Hartnett, for appointment as forester at 
East Boston. 

Timothy A. Spillane, for leave to use a veloci- 
pede boat on the Public Garden pond. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Common. 

Charles B. Adams for apportionment of Tremont 
street betterments. 

Joshua D. Howard and others that Dorr street be 
accepted as a public street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Michael Gorniley, Orsamus Nute, Malachi C*ark, 
Benjamin Jones ami Frederick Sowden, severally 
for leave to sp<rinkle streets. Referred to Commit- 
tee on Health. 

Wm. H. Hood and others, for the abatement of a 
dance hall at N». 17 North Russell street as a nui- 
sance. Referred to Committee on Police. 

ENLARGEMENT OF MADISON SQUARE. 

The foUowing petition was presented from Hon. 
Linus B. Comins: 

To His Honor the Mayor and the Board of Alder- 
man: 

Gentlemen — I have been importuued by a large 
number of my fellow citizens to urge upon the Cuy 
Governmeut'the great importance of extending 
Madison square from its present limits to Buggies 
street. 

Madison square now contains less than three 
acres, and is bounded northerly by Sterling street, 
easterly by Westminster, westerly by Warwick, 
and southerly by a narrow and unnamed street. 
The extension of the southern boundary to Rug- 
gles street will add about one and a quarter acres, 
upon which at the present time there are no build- 
ings of any value. 

The benefits to be derived from the enlargement 
of Madison square will be many. It is now too 
small and too circumscribed. With the enlarge- 
ment it will be ample for a parade ground for this 
section of the city. It will have a frontage of 3t0 
feet on Sterling' street - } about 65G feet each on 
Westminster and Warwick streets, and southerly 
a little over 360 feet on Ruggles street. 

Upon Sterling street, its northern boundary, Is 
being built a first-class schoolhouse. Upon the 
southerly side cf Ruggles street is located the 



lands of the House of the Angel Guardian, which 
will undoubtedly be retained and used for educa- 
tional purposes'. How important it is, then, that 
this area, extending from the Sterling Street 
School to the House of the Angel Guardian, shall 
be kept open for all time. 

Ruggles street is rapidly becoming a vast high- 
way from that part of Boston formerly Dorchester 
to the westerly part of Boston and Brookline, and 
will within a very short time be one of the most 
important avenues within the city. How impor- 
tant it. is then that Madison square should open 
upon this great highway Instead of being shut in 
and screened from it. 

As a sanitary measure this enlargement will 
benefit especially the inhabitants of Ward 11, and 
will substantially be appreciated through all the 
city from Sterling street to the North End. 

Most emphatically are the citizens of all the 
southern wards interested in the extension of this 
square. The prevailing summer winds pass direct- 
ly from the open country through this location, 
some part of which is now and has been for a long 
time in a state of nuisance. 

It is not the people of the Highlands who are 
most interested in this matter, tut the residents of 
Wards 11 and 10, and so on northwardly, who must 
daily and nightly breathe the atmosphere generat- 
ed from this location. 

Complaint has come from various quarters be- 
cause Koxbury. or the Highlands, as it is now 
called, has no* alderman. The undersigned feels 
confident that the present Board of Aldermen will 
be oblivious of location upon all matters which 
come before them, but will act for the best inter- 
est of the city upon all questions. 

Referred toCommittee on Common and Squares - 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

Charles Chipmau & Son, corner of Hanover and 
Richmond streets; J. B. Carpenter. Sixth street, 
between B and C streets; Sturgis & Brigham, 16 
Marlborough street; M. S. Dix & Co., Broadway; 
S. J. & G. Tuttle, Mason street; E. H. Brabrook. 
Brighton street, near Leverett street; J. W. Leath- 
erbee, Albany, south of Bristol street; C. A. Wood, 
corner of Commonwealth avenue and Dartmouth 
street; Wilson & Drake, 81 and 83 Eutaw street; 
Wm. Curtis, Renfrew street; .John Miller, 300 Han- 
over street; John Bolman, 58 and CO 1 street, be- 
tween Third street and Broadway; J. W. Howe, 
1130 Tremont street; J. H. Milligan, corner of E 
and Eighth streets; i\". J. Braolee, Nos. 18 to 26 
Eliot street; J. Preston, Dartmouth street; Wm. 
J. Glover, on Federal and Durchester streets ; G. H. 
Lougee, Lenox street. Severally referred to the 
Committee on Streets. 

REPORT ON THE FRAITKLIN FUND. 

A report of the Treasurer of the Franklin Fund 
was laid before the Board : 

The following was the condition of the Franklin 
Fund on the 1st January: 
Amount as pee account rendered, Jan. 

7, 1869 $133,493 3G 

Interest during the year 8,575 54 

Amount Jan. 1, 1870 $142,068 00 

The amount is invested as follows: 
Deposited in Massachusetts Hospital Life 

Insurance Company §140,739 80 

Provident Institution for Savings 636 15 

Suffolk Savings Bank 676 95 

F. Hind's bond 16 00 



$142,068 90 
F. U. Tracy, Treasi-.rer. 
Referred to Aldermen Jacobs and Connor. 
An application from Joseph T. Paget for a loan 
from the Franklin Fund was referred to the same 
Committee. 

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. 

The following communications were laid before 
the Board : 

Boston, March 21, 1870. 
To the City Council of the City of Boston: 

Herewith I transmit a communication from the 
Trustees of the Museum of Fine Art^ asking that 
a tract of land lying between St. Jatrrft and Dart- 
mouth streets, conveyed to the city by the Boston 
Water Power Corporation, may be conveyed to 
said Trustees in furtherance of the objects 'of 'the 
original conveyance ; and respectfully request an 
early and favorable corsideration of the request. 
Na^i. b. Shuktleff, Jist-or. 



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B O A K D O F A L L) K II M E X 



To Ifis Honor the Mayor and the City Council of 
Boston: 

The undersigned respectfully represent that by 
an act hi' the Legislature of tins Commonwealth, 
ap proved by the Governor on the 4th day of Feb- 
ruary, is70, they arc constituted a body corporate 
mi dei the name of "The Trustees of the Museum 
of Fine Arts.'' tor the purpose of erecting a Muse- 
um for the preservation and exhibition of works 
of Art, of making, maintaining and exhibiting 
collections ot such works of Art, and of affording 
instruction in the Fine Arts ; and that they have 
accepted said trust and organized for the pur- 
poses herein stated. 

It is their Intention to proceed to establish, the 
Museum authorized by this act, and to carry out 
the other objects and purposes named therein 
with all practicable expedition. 

And whereas the Boston Water Powei Corpora- 
tion, iu pursuance of the provisions of a tripartite 
indenture made by and between that corporation, 
the Commonwealth of .Massachusetts ana the City 
of Boston, conveyed to the city a certain tract of 
land lying between St. James and Dartmouth 
streets, and as otherwise delineated and described 
upon a plan made by Sf. Henry Crafts, City Engi- 
neer, dated December It', 18C5, and deposited in his 
office, said land being so conveyed with the restric- 
tion that it shall never be used by the grantee or 
its assigns for any purpose other than a public 
square, or buildings to be used and devoted to the 
promotion of the Fine Arts, 

Therefore, the undersigned respectfully petition 
the City Council that the aforesaid tract of land 
may be conveyed to -'The Trustees of the Museum 
of Fine Arts,'* to be used and improved by them 
as a site for the necessary buildings and grounds 
of the pioposed Museum, and for the other pur- 
poses described in their act of incorporation ; and 
subject only to such conditions as may seem to be 
necessary and proper to secure the right improve- 
ment of the same. 

Signed by .Martin Brimmer, Ceo. B. Emerson, J. 
Eliot Cabot, Chas. W. Eliot, John A. Lowell and 
others. 

.Referred to the Committee on Public Lands. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The bearing on the petition of Charles Spofford, 
for leave to put up a steam boiler at the corner of 
Third and F streets, was considered. 

Benjamin Dean stated that there was no desire 
to make opposition on the part of those who first 
proposed to do so. 

The report was recommitted. 

The hearing on petition of Albany Street Freight 
Railroad Company for leave to use steam as a 
motive power in the streets of this citv was taken 
up. 

George O. Shattuck, in behalf ol the petitioners, 
stated that the petitioners are much the largest 
owners of property in the vicinity, and they were 
satisfied, from the 'experience! in Portland and else- 
where, that it will be for the benefit rf all the 
owners of property on the line of this road to use 
steam at a moderate rate of speed, which will give 
less obstruction to the streets than by the use of 
horse power. All they asked was for an oppor- 
tunity to try the experiment for a month, or that 
they might' use the steam at night. The use of 
stream in the vicinity of Boylstoh street was not 
considered objectionable, and there would be less 
noise on tin route. 

In reply to Alderman Pratt, Mr. Shattuck said 
that the power to run steam was only from the 
Boston & Albany Railroad depot to the Roxbury 
line, over the Albany Street Railroad, and not with 
any view at present of connecting with any other 
wharves but those adjoining Albany street. 

Floratio N. Jones of Portland testified to the 
effect of running cars by steam on the railroad 
within the limits of Portland; the use of steam 
had been of great advantage to business men on 
the line of the road; the road was almost con- 
stantly in use, connecting all of the railroads run- 
ning iiito Portland; the track had increased the 
value of the property on the street in greater pro- 
portion than the average of property in the city. 

Jarvis Williams, Treasurer of Hinkley & Wil- 
liams's, works, stated many of the advantages 
which woulWbe derived from the use of steam, in 
facilitating the transportation of freight aud the 
lessening of the cost of transportation. A large 
number of locomotives were now.transp rfed over 
the road, with greater facility than by teams, and 
he believed it would be for the great advantage of 
business in that vicinity. 



John D. Bong, for remonst ants, stated that the 
only party to be benefitted was this railroad com- 
pany; the abutters were almost entirely opposed 
to granting the petition. J hey objected on ac- 
count of the obstruction t) business which it would 
occasion, and of the danger to persons and b 
that it would be much more objectionable at night 
on account of the sparks from the engine; the 
street was a great thoroughfare, and was likely to 
become much more travelled in future; it would 
be objectionable on account cf the occupation ot a 
large portion of the street for dwelling houses for 
persons of moderate means, and the proposed 
erection of oilier dwellings cl the same descrip- 
tion. 

Joseph F". Paul, an occupant of Albany street, 
objected on the ground that it would be injurious 
to his business, and injurious to the travel on that 
street. He did not think the parellel would hold 
good in comparison with Portland. 

Sidney B. Morse, an owner of real estate, stated 
that he "had put up buildings which were occupied 
by twenty-two tenants, all of whom had desired 
him to remonstrate against the use of steam in 
this street, for the reason that it would be danger- 
ous to themselves and children and obnoxiouaon 
account of the noise and smoke. He believed all 
of the principal owners of property and ihe tenants 
on this street were opposed to granting the peti- 
tion. 

Mr. Flynn, representing the firm of Wni. Som- 
ers & Co.. Albany street, stated that they had a 
track leading to their v. hail fmin this freight rail- 
road, but they had never used it but once, finding 
it less expensive to do their teaming with their 
own horses. He believed the use of steam would 
increase ihe rates of insurance and drive business 
from the street. 

Win. Jordan, from the linn of Cook, Jordan & 
Morse, made similar objections to those already 
offered, and Dr. Davenport objected on account of 
residents in the neighborhood of Albany street, 
and the annoyance which it might make to the 
City Hospital." 

Mr. Jones, recalled, stated that there was no in- 
crease of rates of insurance from being in the vi- 
cinity of the railroad in Portland, aud there were 
few accidents from the railroad, by itself or from 
fright of horses. In answer to Alderman Carpen- 
ter, he said there were great benefits derived lrom 
the railroad, without which it would be almost im- 
possible to do the business. The prosperity of 
Portland was greatly owing to it, as it must follow 
from the increased iacilities for business. 

Mi. Long, for remonstrants, briefly summed up 
the objections to the project, desired only by the 
petitioners, and from the position of this road not 
to be compared with the road in Portland. 

Mr. Shattuck, in closing for petitioners, stated 
that they did not desire to do injury to any one. 
Such an opportunity for the trial of aiii experiment 
of connecting a great railroad with wharves, so 
that freight could be put directly on board vessels 
from the cars, the city had been waiting for twen- 
ty years, and it was desirable that the experiment 
should be tried, for two or th ee months, if n*C 
longer. It was for the interest of merchants, tax- 
payers and voters, that it should be tried. 

The report was recommitted, and subsequently 
a reconsideration was carried, and the subject was 
assigned for consideration by the whole Board on 
Monday next. 

The orders of notice on the several petitions for 
leave to erect stables came up and the reports 
were recommitted. 

SEWER ASSESSMENTS, 

Assessments for sewers were submitted and re- 
ferred to the Committee on Sewers, as follows: 
Rutland street, §1113 91 ; Columbus avenue, Dart- 
mouth and Chandler streets, §9049 68; Holvoke 
street, $2889 06; Concord street, §4331 28; Spring- 
field street, $2312 20; Newton street, $2780 0J; Can- 
ton, Columbus avenue and Appleton streets, e 9781- 
£6; Columbus avenue $934 62; Worcester street, 
$1485 02; Concord street, $700 96. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

Resolve and order to widen Washington street 
at the. corner of Warren street, by taking luj 
■square feet of land of F\ B. Bjaumjui, at a cas; of 
$780. 

Order to pay to Thomas C. Bacon $7000 for land 
taken and all damages occasioned by tbe widening 
of Hanover street, by a resolve of Oct. 15th, 1869, 
to-be charged to the second Hanover Street Loan. 

Order, to pay Daniel _\e\\o!l Sr«?,00(V for. bjfl 



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estate taken by the widening of Hanover street, 
including his rights to an adjoining passageway 
and all other appurtenances, and for all damages 
by the said widening, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover Street Loan. 

Order to pay Nancy Bartiett 15200 for land 
taken and damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover street, to be charged to the Second Hano- 
ver Street Loan. 

Order to pay Cornelius Cowing $14,500 for land 
taken and damages in the widening of Eliot street, 
to be charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Order to pay the Lewis Wharf Corporation 
$185,000 for all damages occasioned by the laying 
out of Atlantic avenue, by resolve of December 18. 
18G8,to be charged to the Atlantic Avenue Loan. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of 1). \V. King and of Moses 
Adams, were referred in concurrence. 

'ihe order forbidding the removal of Hose Car- 
riage .No. 2 from Hudson to East street was laid 
over one week, Alderman Talbot lemaiking that it 
should be well considered, since the house in East 
street was in part built for this hose company. 

The reports of Committees to Nominate Direc- 
tors for Public Institutions and Assistant-Engi- 
neers of the Fire Department were accepted in 
concurrence, and elections for these and other offi- 
cers, took place as follows: 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOH. 

Jeremiah Sullivan was elected for Ward l r in 
concurrence, by a vote of 8 to 4 for J. Albert John- 
ston. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOIS. 

James Dennie was elected, in non-concurrence, 
by a vote of 7 to 4 for Otis Kich, and 1 for W. S. 
Kyle. 

DIRECTORS FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

J. P. Bradlee and Wm. heaver, in concurrence, 
and Wm. G. Harris in non-concurrence, by votes 
as follows: J. F. Bradlee, 8; Wm. Seaver, 10*; Wm. 
G.Harris, 9; Bradley IS. Cumings, 6; T.Warren 
Gould, 2; S. T. Thayer, 1. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Alderman Covvdin presented petitions from sev- 
eral hundred persons in the Highland District in 
favor of the election of James Monroe and Fhineas 
D. Allen. These were signed by Theodore Otis 
and 31 others. Geo. Warren and 139 others, Benja- 
min Franklin and 03 others, J. M. Mullane and 69 
others, J. H. Bigelow and 15 others, Pearsell Bros, 
& Co. and 75 others, A. W. Hanson and 59 others, 
and Ira F. Newton and 85 others. 

Alderman Talbot, in reference to Capt. Wm. A. 
Green, said it would be inconsistent to reelect him 
as an Assistant Engineer while he was in the sei- 
vice of the underwriters as chief of 6h : fire brigade. 
With the highest regard for him, while he was re- 
ceiving a salary from other parties, the city ought 
not to pay him for the same duty.. If it was the will 
of the Board, he might be invested with all the 
powers of an Assistant Engineer by a special 
ordinance. 

Alderman Cowdin hoped the Board would heed 
the petitions from the Highland District for the 
the persons recommended, who had many years 
served as engineers in Koxlury. He was in favor 
of the election of Captain Green, and there would 
be a sufficient number for service as engineers 
without him. 

Alderman Fierce concurred .villi Alderman TaT- 
bot in relation to Captain Green, who was receiv- 
ing a salary of $1500 from the insurance offices. 
The city was entitled to the undivide I time of the 
whole fourteen engineers whenever their services 
were called upon at a lire. 

Alderman Hawes stated that Captain Green was 
under the orders of the Chief Engineer at all fires. 
He might be elected as an engineer, and a change 
be made in the ordinance in relation to his posi- 
tion. 

Alderman Pratt thought seme weight should be 
given to the suggestion of the chairman of Ihe 
Committee on the Fire Department. As an old 
servant of the public, Capt. Green should be treat- 
ed with some consideration. No reflection should 
be cast upon him. He hoped the Board would see- 
its way clear to keep him in office. If he should 
not be elected now it might be difficult to do what 
is now proposed by subsequent action. Whether 
he was elected or not, the action of the Aldermen- 
should not be construed into any retlection upon 
Capt. Green. 



Alderman Talbot said it would be unfair to look 
upon the failure to elect Capt. Green— if he should 
not be elected— as any disrespect to him. He did 
uot quite understand this insurance brigade. The 
Chief Engineer has the right to appoint the person 
acting in the position of Capt. Green, and the un- 
derwriters in paying him a salary had no idea that 
he was receiving a salary from the city. W hen he 
first received a salary from them, he received but 
$50 from the citv< 

The "Board proceeded to a ballot for Assistant 
Engineers, with the following result: 

John S. Jacobs* 12; John vV. Began, 11; David 
Chamberlain, 9; Zenas E. Smith, 11 ; Geo. Brown, 
12; Jos. Dunbar, 12; Elijah B. Hine, 8; John Culh- 
gan. 12; Kufus B. Farrar, 10: Joseph Barnes, 8; 
John A. Fynes, 7; Sylvester H. Hebard, 11 ; James 
Munroe, 8; Fhineas D. Allen, 8, and were severally 
elected, Messrs. Fynes, Munroe and Allen in non- 
concurrence, in place of Messrs. Green, Hersey 
and Swett. Thos. P. Swett had 6 ; Theodore Her- 
sey, 5; Wm. A. Green, 4; W. H. Cunningham, 4. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of a license to K. J, 
Jourdain to exhibit his gallery of anatomy at the 
corner of Washington and Essex streets, and 
licenses to six newsboys; also a license to a dealer 
in second hand articles. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported leave to build stables on petitions 
as follows: Of James Malone, on Clapp street; 
John Kennev, Phillips street; F. & D. J. Haines, 
on Liverpool street; Samuel Ford, Tudor street; 
H. A. Wetherbee, Warren place. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
to whom was referred the petitions of Hannah 
Brickell for abatement of assessment on Eustis 
street, and of Marv K. Gore for abatement of as- 
sessment on Kenilworth street, reported the fol- 
lowing order : 

Ordered, That the assessments levied on Han- 
nah Brickell for a sewer in Eustis street and upon 
Mary K. Gore for a sewer in Kenilworth street may 
remain uncollected until entry is made into the 
sewers from the respective estates. 

Bead twice and passed. 

TRUSTEES OF CITY HOSPITAL. 

The Committee to Nominate Trustees of City 
Hospital at large for three years nominated Joel 
Bichards and George Woodman. A ballot for trus- 
tees resulted as follows : Joel Bichards 7; Samuel 
T\ Snow 8— elected. Geo. Woodman had 4, Thomas 
L. Jenks 4; A. K. Tilden 1. 

WEIGHERS AND INSPECTORS OF LIGHTERS/ 

The Committee to Nominate Weighers and In- 
spectors of Lighters reported the names of Chas. 
C, Davis, chief; John henney, Wm. Alelnerny and 
Wm. L. Battis, as assistants. 

Mr. O'Brien, of the Committee, dissented on one 
name, and recommended James Flynn in place of 
Wm. L. Battis. 

A ballot resulted as follows: Eivvard Hatch, 
chief, 8; Chas. C. Davis, 4; assistants, John Keu- 
ney. 11; Wm. Mclneruy, 8; A. K. Tewksbury, 6; 
Wiii. L. Battis, 3; Charles C. Davis, 4; James 
Flynn. 4. On the second ballot, A. B. Tewksbury 
was elected as the remaining assistant, by a vote 
of 7, to 3 for James Flynn and 2 for Charles C^ 
Davis. 

FERRY TOLLS. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Fer- 
ries, reported a schedule of tolls for the East Bos- 
ton ferries. This schedule, he said, provided the 
same rates of tolls for loot passengers as in 1852, 
of two cents for each foot passenger; children un- 
der ten years of age, one cent; package of four- 
teen tickets for twenty-live cents. On heavy teams 
the rates had been increased. 

Alderman Cowdin believed the rates for foot 
passengers should be as low as possible, but 
thought the rates for heavy teams too high. 

Alderman Talbot hoped time would be given for 
the consideration of the subject, and suggested a 
special meeting for ihe purpose. 

Alderman Pratt sta.eA as an analysis of the ferry 
receipts, that the foot passengers netted &zy 2 per 
cent., and freight '61%\ of 'he income. A larger per 
centage should be paid by teams, which produce the 
greatest wear. 



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Alderman Gibson stated that the heavy loads 
which were often carried on the boats caused 
great wear upon theiu, and it was riot desirable on 
account of the ferry or of the horses that such 
heavy loads should be carried. 

The consideration of the subject was assigned to 
Thursday, 12 o'clock. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed construction of sewers — in Ver- 
non street, between Tremont street and Stony 
Brook ; Eustis street, between Eustis and Orchard 
street; Yarmouth street; Lexington street, from 
Putnam street to a point 200 feet of Prescott street ; 
Knowlton street; and on Linden park. Hearings 
severally on Monday, March 28, 4 F. M. 

On petitions of E. H. Brabrook, for leave to erect 
a stable on Brighton street; and of AV. E.Wood- 
ward, a stable on Shirley street. Hearings Mon- 
day, March 28, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered. That the Committee on Ordinances con- 
sider and report if any amendment is necessary to 
the ordinance in relation to the Fire Department, 
in order to define the power and duties of the Fire 
Insurance Brigade, so called. 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department, under the direction of the commit- 
tee, be and he is hereby authorized to purchase 
one thousand feet of leather hose, at an expense 
not exceeding $1800, the same to be charged to the 
appropriation for Fire Department. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the sum of $20 61 assessed upon 
Emily L. Dodd for a sewer in Appleton street be 



abated, and the same amount assessed upon 
James O. L. Hillard. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Hunt, Twitchell 
& Co., the sum of foOO, in full compensation for 
all damages sustained by them as leasees of estate 
numbered lli and 18 Water street, by the raising of 
the grade of said Water street, as established by 
the Board of Aldeiinen, September 24, 1818, upon 
their giving to the city an acquittance and dis- 
charge for said damages satisfactory to the City 
Solicitor; the same to be charged to the appropri- 
ation lor paving. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered. That there be paid to Garrett A. Lans 
$9500 for iand taken and damages occasioned by 
the widening of Hanover street, by a resolve of 
Oct. 15, 18(i*», to be charged to the .second Hanover 
Street Loan. 

Orders to pay John Eames $8990; F. B. May and 
others, trustees, $401 44 ; S. L. Could $iil32, and 
Nancy Pierce $1U,000, were severally read once. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, "the special as- 
signment, the order for a loan of $450,000 to finish 
the construction of Broadway from Federal to Al- 
bany streets (City Doc. 28), was laid on the table. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, the rules and 
regulations for government of intelligence offices, 
etc. (City Doc. o0), and rules and regulations for 
government of pawnbrokers' offices (City Doc. 
29), were taken from the table, and adopted. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the Superintendents of hacks, 
wagons, intelligence offices and pawn brokerage 
be directed to obey the orders of the Chief of Police 
or the Deputy Chief, relating to the police business 
of their several offices. 

Adjourned to Thursday, 12 o'clock. 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 24, 1870. 



An adjourned meeting of the Board of Aldermen 
was held at 12 o'clock today, Mayor Sburtleff pre- 
siding. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AXU REFERRED. 

1{. B. Forbes and others, that the City Council 
would establish nautical schools. Referred to 
Committee on Public Instruction. 

A. (i. Moseley, for leave to erect a stable for pri- 
vate use on Hrookline and Albany streets. 

Win. Smith, for leave to erect a stable for two 
horses in rear of 49 Poplar street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. ' 

( harles F. Sleeper, to be relieved from a nuisance 
caused by surface water and an obstructed drain 
in iron* of his premises, 1038 Shawmut avenue. 
Referred to Committee on Paving. 

John G. Davis, foi leave to remove at his own ex- 
pense the tree standing in front of 107 Charles 
street. Referred to Committee on Common, &c. 

George Packer, for abatement of assessment for 
a sewer in Tremont street (Roxbury). Referred to 
Committee on Sewers. 

APPOINTMENT MADE AND OOXFIRMIiD. 

Levi Chadbourne, Superintendent of South Citv 
Scales, in place of Maurice B. Rowe, resigned. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed : 

ordered, That there be paid to Franklin H. 
Story, T. Jefferson Coolidge and Win. Amory, 
trustees under the will of Nathan Apple ton, 
£401 44 for land taken and damages, including in- 
terest from Sept. 6, 1865, occasioned by the widen- 
ing and grading of Oliver street, the said land hav- 
ing been taken in the name of the Boston Manu- 
facturing Co. and others, to be charged to the 
Oliver Street Loan. 

Ordered. That there be paid to Samuel L. Gould 
$3132 for '.and taken and all damages, by the lay- 
ing out and grading of Sturgis street, by a resolve 
of July 23, 18U9, to be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement Loan. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Paving be au- 
thorized to settle with the owners of estates num- 
bered 189 and 191 Sixth street, between E and F 
streets, for damages done to their estates by the 
grading of said Sixth street, at an expense noc 
exceeding .%-lGOO. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Parker 
street, between Tremont street anil Stony Brook, 
and report a schedule of the expense to this Board, 
pursuant to law. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John Fames 
§9986, for land taken and damages occasioned by 
the widening of Hanover street, by a resolve of 
Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the second Hanover 
street loan. 

Ordered, That there be purchased in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover Street, of Nancy Pierce, her estate— free 
of all incumberances, including taxes — numbered 
C67 to 375 on said street, upon her giving the city a 
deed for the same satisfactory to the City Solicitor 
for the sum of $16,000, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover street loan. 

EAST BOSTON FERRY TOLLS. 

The subject of ferry tolls was considered. 

Alderman Gibson stated that the Beard of Di- 
rectors had endeavored to fix such rates of tolls as 
would be necessary to meet the expenses of the 
ferrv, reducing them on foot passengers and rais- 
ing the rates on heavy teams. 

alderman Cowdin moved to amend by providing 
for packages of sixteen instead of fourteen tickets 
ior twenty-five cents. 

Alderman Talbot said if the Board should ask 
for a reduction after the rates had gone into onas> 
ation, he would go for it, but he uid not think it 
expedient to do so at this time. 



Alderinm Cowdin believed that the city must 
come to free ferries eventually, and it would be 
better to do so gradually. 

Alderrmin Gibson did not doubt that after the 
ferries should be free, the increased valuation of 
property at East Boston would pay the expense of 
the ferries; but acting under the ordinance, the 
Directors felt that they were bound to raise enough 
to pay the expenses by tolls. 

Alderman Talbot doubted whether living would 
be any cheaper* on adopting free tolls, than now. 
Owners of real estate would be benefited, but not 
the parties who pay rents. 

The amendment was jos . 

Alderman Jacobs moved to amend by providing 
that packages of fifty be furnished Tor seventy-live 
cents. 

Alderman Prat; believed the amendment would 
be a reduction at the wrong end, not benefiting 
the poorer classes. 

Alderman Jacobs admitted that the two propos- 
ed amendments should go together, and moved a 
reconsideration of tli3 rejection of the previous 
amendment, which was carried; ana the amend- 
ment was adopted. 

The amendment to furnish fifty tickets for sev- 
enty-live cents was then carried. 

The entire rates as amended were adopted, as 
follows: 

RATE OF TARIFF OF TOLLS SUBMITTED BY THE 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EAST BOSTON 
FERRY. 

Foot passengers, each 2 cents. 

Children under ten years of age 1 cent. 

A package of sixteen ticket? for twenty- 
five cents; a package of fifty tickets, 
for seventy-live cents. 

LIGHT VEHICLES. 

Pleasure carriages drawn 1 y 

1 horse, with not more than two per- 
sons an 1 driver 10 cents. 

2 horses, with not rnoie than lour per- 
sons and driver 15 cents. 

3 horses, with not more than six per- 
sons and driver 20 cents. 

4 horses, with not more than eight per- 
sons and driver 25 cents. 

Every additional passenger two cents each. 

All light carriages, without horse, each 5 cents. 

All heavy carriages, without horse, each 10 cents. 

TEAMS. 

Carts and wagons drawn by 1 horse, and 
not weighing more than 2090 pounds. ... 10 cents. 

2 horses, over 2000 and not exceeding 5000.. 20 cents. 

3 horses, over 5000 " " 6000.. 25 cents. 

4 horses, over 6000 " " 7000..::.". cents. 
All loads measuring more than 25 feet in length 

over all will be charged the same rate as drag 
wheels. 

TRUCKS AXU CARAVANS. 

Drawn bv 1 horse, and weighing not 

more than 2000 lbs 20 cent*. 

Drawn by 2 horses, over 2000 and not 

exceeding 5000 lbs 25 cents. 

Drawn by 3 hoises, over 5000 and not 

exceeding C000 lis :>5 cents. 

Drawn by 4 horses, over 0000 and not 

exceeding 7000 lbs 50 cents. 

DRACJ WHEELS. 

Loaded. Not Loaded. 
Drawn by 1 or 2 horses, and 

weighing not more than 

5000 lbs 40 cents. 20 cents. 

Drawn by 3 burses, over 5000 

and not exeeedmg 6000 lbs. .60 cents. 30 cents. 
Drawn by 4 horses, over 6000 

and not exceeding 7000 His. 75 cents. 38 cents. 

No load weighing over 7001) His. (exclusive of 
carriage) allowed to pass over the ferry, unless by 
special permit from the superintendent. 

Ox teams the same as horse teams, one driver 
allowed to each team. 

Teams to be weighed when required bv the Su- 
perintendent. 

The scale of weights and lengths for loads will 
be strictly adhered to; ami if found to weigh Or 
measure inore than allowed by the tariff (and m t 
exceeding 7000 lbs.), the higher rate of toll will he 
charged. 

Horses or oxen not allowed to be detached from 
the teams, and paid for separately. 
Each additional horse in a carriage or 

team of any description 5 cents. 

A horse with a rider ni leader > cento. 



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A man with a handcart or wheelbar- 
row 5 cents. 

Horses or oxen not belonging to teams, 

each ". ; ?, cents. 

Swine, sheep, or goats, per dozen 6 cents. 

Other cattle, each 3 cents. 

BAGGAOE. 

Each and every barrel not in a cart or 
vehicle 3 cents. 

Each and every half barrel not in a cart 

or vehicle 2 cents. 

All other articles in proportion. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

<ui motion -if Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, lltat the Water Registrar be directed 
to certify to the Coebituatfl Water Board the 
amount of monthly receipts from the takers of 
.Mystic water in this city; and that the said Water 
Board be directed to drav upon the City Treasurer 
their warrants for the payments to the city rt 
Charlestown for the amounts due monthly for* the 
use of said water, and that the City Treasurer of 
Boston be directed to pay said amounts thus certi- 
fied and allowed to the proper authorities in 
Charlestown authorized to leceipt for the same. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered. That fh? Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to contract with Chamberlain 
&Slarston for enlarging and remodelling Engine 
House So. 14. thev being the lowest bidders there- 
for. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the subject of the proposed loca- 
tion of the .South Scituate Railroad through Ward 
16, be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on 
Legislative Business. 

An order was passed to meet the jail requisition 
for the month, to the amount of $2192 98. 

REPORTS Of COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Cowdin. from the Committee on Steam 
Engines, reported in favor of granting the petition 
of Charles Spofford for leave to use a steam boiler 
at the corner of Third and F streets. Accepted. 

Aldermsn Jenkins, from tfte Committee on Pub- 
lic Buildings, who were directed to consider the 
order for the purchase of land for the erection of 
a house for Engine >'o. 15, to be located on E street 
as contemplaiedbvthe Committee on Fire Depart- 
ment, made a, report, recommending the enlarge- 
ment of Hose House Xo.9 on B stveet, and that En 



gine No 15 be located therein, accompanied with 
the following order: 

Ordered, that the Committee on Public Buildings 
be authorized to procure plans and estimates for 
remodelling Hose House No. 9, for the accoman 
dation of an engine and hose company, and to re- 
port the cost of said alteration to the City Council. 
The expense of procuring plans and specifications 
to be charged to the appropriations for Public 
Buildings. 

Alderman Hawes opposed the proposed order, 
stating that it would be impossible to enlarge the 
hose house sufficiently to accommodate the ehgine 
in question. 

Th * subject was subsequently further considered 
on a motion to pass the order. 

Alderrtrui Gibson stated that it was his opinion, 
and that of other members of the Committee that 
the engine was not wanted at all, but they con- 
cluded if it was to be retaiued, it would be well ac- 
commodated in the hose house of No. 9, which 
could be enlarged for the purpose. There could be 
no difficulty in enlarging the house in length. 

Alderman Hawes in further remarks contended 
that the place proposed hy the Committee on Fire 
Department was the most fitting location, and 
called for by petitions of many of the largest 
owners of property in South Boston. In regard 
to coupling a hose carriage behind an engine, in 
the same house, it was not desirable. 

Alderman Jenkins agreed with Alderman Gib- 
son that the engine was not wanted at present, 
but it was possible it might be some day, should 
the flats be tilled up in the neighborhood, as con- 
templated. 

Alderman Gibson further advocated the order, 
if the engine was to be kept in service, but be- 
lieved that it was not needed, and that the Compa- 
ny might be disbanded. The Committee examined 
the territory very thoroughly, and on consultation 
with various parties, was satisfied that the loca- 
tion proposed was the most desirable one. In 
reply to a remark of Alderman Hawes, that it 
might take a minute and a half longer to reach 
certain localities from this point, he said there 
were many more important points in the city at a 
much further distance from an engine. 

Alderman Jenkins said he was not desirous that 
the order should be passed now, if Aldermen wish- 
ed to consider the subject further, and' on his mo- 
tion it was laid on the table. 

Adjourned. 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON 



Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 24, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7J£ o'clock, M- 
E. Ingalls, President, in the chair. 

PAPERH KltOM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Linus B. Coniins, Richard Hart- 
nett, H. B. Forbes and others and T. L. Spillane 
were severally referred in concurrence. 

The Message of the Mayor, transmitting a request 
of Trustees ol" Museum of Fine Arts for use of St. 
James park, was referred in concurrence. 

The petitions of Theodore Otis and others in favor 
of the election of James Munroe and Fhineas D. 
Allen as Assistant Engineers of Fire Department, 
were ordered to be placed on tile. 

The order for Committee on Ordinances to report 
whether any amendment is necessmy to the ordi- 
nances in relation to the powers and duties of the 
"Fire Insurance Brigade, 1 ' was read twice and 
passed. 

'the following orders were severally read or.ee: 

Order authorizing the purchase of one thousand 
leet of leather hose, at a cost of not more than 
$1800. 

Order authorizing a contract with Chamberlain 
& Mars ton, for remodelling Engine House No. 14. 

Order in relation to receipts from the takers oi 
Mystic water. 

Order for the purchase of estate of Nancy Fierce 
in the widening of Hanover street. 

The order in relation to the location of the South 
Scituate Kailroadwas passed in concurrence. 

The reports and certificates of elections were 
read, and elections took place as follows: 

TRUSTEES OF CITY HOSPITAL. 

Joel Pilchards and Samuel T. Snow were elected 
in concurrence by a vote as follows: Kichards. 36; 
Snow, 27; Thomas L. Jenks, 26; George Woodman, 
10; A. K. Tilden, 1. 

WEIGHERS AND INSPECTORS OF LIGHTERS. 

The vote was as follows: Edward Hatch, chief, 
47; John Kenney, 48; James Flynn, 34— elected; 
Charles C. Davis, 30; A. R. Tewksbury, 23; Wil- 
liam Mclnerny, 17; William L. Battis, 16. 

On the second ballot, for one person, there was 
no choice, the vote being as follows: C. C. Davis, 
20; William Mclnerny. 20; A. K. Tewksbury, 12; 
William L. Battis, 8; James Flynn, 1. 

On the third ballot C. C. Davis was elected by a 
vote of 35, to 16 for William Mclnerny; 8 for A. K. 
Tewksbuiy, and 2 tor William L. Battis. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15 presented the peti- 
tions of Wm. beaver and 40 others, Chickering & 
Sons and otheis, Isaac Cook and others, and Ira 
Allen and others, in favor of the election of Thos. 
P. swett. 

Mr. Temple of Ward 16 presented the petition of 
Wm, E. Coffin and 130 others in favor of Theodore 
Hers-ey as an Assistant Engineer. 

The lirst ballot for three Assistant Engineers re- 
sulted in the choice of Wm. A. Green by a vote of 
35. The other votes were: James Munroe, 27; 
Phineas D. Allen, 23; Theodore Hersey,22; Thos. 
P. Swett, 20; John A. Fynes, 21 ; Wm. H. Cunning- 
ham, 10; Thos. Brennan, 4; James Orrock, 2; F. S. 
Wright, 1. 

The remaining ballots were as follows: 

2d. 3d. 4th. 5th. 6th 

Whole number of votes. . .60 56 5'J 57 60 

Necessary to a choice 31 29 30 29 31 

James Munroe 29 23 26 27 32 

Phineas D. Allen 15 13 19 13 9 

Thomas P. Swett 23 21 17 22 23 

Theodore Hersey 20 21 19 12 5 

John A. Fynes 19 18 20 21 22 

Wm. H. Cunningham 4 5 2.. 

Thos. Brennan 3 - l 2 2 

James Orrock 11... 



John B. Hill 112 

Wm. A. Green . . 1 . 

Sam'] P. Poole 1 1 

Scattering ... 3 

Mr. Munroe was elected in concurrence, on the 
sixth ballot. 

Further baliotings for one Assistant Engineer 
resulted as follows : 

7th. 8th. 9th. 

Whole number of votes ..59 58 57 

Necessary to'a choice 30 30 29 

Phineas D. Allen. :... 14 26 36 

John A. Fynes 25 21 18 

Thomas P. Swett. 15 7 3 

Theodore Hersev 3 

John B. Hill....' 1 1 

Pending these baliotings notices to postpone and 
lay on the table were lost, and on the ninth, Phin- 
eas D. Allen was declared to he elected, in concur- 
rence. 

DIRECTOR OK PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

Wm. G. Harriswas elected, in concurrence, by a 
vote of 29 to 28 for Bradley Ji. Cumings. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

James Dennie was elected, in concurrence, by a 
vote of 32 to 22 for Otis Rich and 2 for W. S. Kyle. 

EAST BOSTON FERRY TOLLS. 

The order establishing tolls for the East Boston 
Ferry was considered. 

Mr. Kyan of Ward 13 moved its reference to the 
Committee on Ferries. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 stated that the Board of 
Directors had fully considered the subject, and as 
no objection could be made to the rates of tolls, 
there was no necessity for such a reference. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 hoped, if possible, the order 
would be passeu at once, for there was but a week 
before the ferry comes into the hands of the city. 
If it could be settled now, it would be agreeable to 
the Directors. 

Mr. Kyan said there was considerable complaint 
of the rates of toll for teams, and no injury would 
result from a delay of one week. 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3, said if it was in order he 
would move to amend by striking out the charge 
of one cent for children under ten years of age, 
for there were many school children who should 
pass the ferry free. 

Mr. Hall stated that school children were now 
provided by the city with free passes to attend 
school; besides, such a provision would not touch 
school children, all of whom crossing to attend 
school were over ten years of age. 

The motion to refer to the Committee was lost. 

Mr. Wells said his object was to benefit chil- 
dren, and it did not seem right to charge small 
children one cent, when any gentleman could buy 
package tickets which would cost but little more 
than a cent. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 10 hoped the order would re- 
main as it is. 

Mr. Wells wished the provision to be that chil- 
dren accompanied by their parents should go free. 

.Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 did not think that chil- 
dren in arms should be subject to toll. 

Mr. Hall believed some gentlemen were mistaken 
in this matter. The rule had been much the same 
as in the horse cars in regard to children, under 
the rates established in 1852, and it was not proba- 
ble that the provision in relation to children would 
be abused. He hoped the ouestion would be set- 
tled tonight. 

Mr. Wells said he had seen children under six 
years stopped for their fare. 

Mr. Brooks stated that such a rule as was sup- 
poed had never been enforced except by the 
present corporation, but he did not believe such a 
practice would prevail under the new manage- 
ment. 

Mr. Wells said that when he threw his vote for 
the purchase of the ferry, it was not that a toll 
should be levied on an infant. 

.Mr. Bishop could not see why gentlemen from 
the Island ward should object to making the mat- 
ter explicit. The directors must either go by a 
schedule, or act upon their own judgment, and 
there could not be any objection to defining the 
rates. The directors were new men, going into a 
new business, and everything should be very plain 
and precise. 

Mr. Poor trusted no amendments would be 
made, which would necessitate sending the order 
back to the Board of Aldermen, and cause delay. 



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Jlr. Rogers of Ward 15 thought it would be 
proper to adopt the order as it is, for it would be 
well to have some rule to prevent imposition. 

Mr. Wells did not think his reasons were under- 
stood. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 believed it would be bet- 
ter to pass the order as it is, for at any time if 
thought necessary by the Directors, the rates 
could be changed." So far as related to children, 
he thought the amendment should rather provide 
lor children without parents. 

The amendment was lost, 8 to Si, The order es- 
tablishing the rates of tolls was then passed. 



Mr. Wilkins of Ward 9 offered an order for the 
appointment of a committee to make arrange- 
ments for the celebration of the next Fourth of 
July, the expense not to exceed $25,000. 

On motion of Mr. Poor, the order was laid on the 
table. 

A petition of Wmslow B. Lucas and others, 
for a fire alarm signal box at or near the corner of 
Fourth and F streets, was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Fire Alarms. 

Adjourned. 



70 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 28, 1870. 



Tlie rflgUlar weekly meeting of the Hoard of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtieff presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Thirty-five traverse jurors were drawn for the 
Supreme Judicial Court, and thirty-six traverse 
jurors were drawn for the second session Superior 
Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Constable— Joseph II. VVyeth. 

Special Police Officers, without pay — Andrew Se- 
ville, for Foster's wharf; W. P. Cherrington, for 
Broadway liniveiealist Church. 

Firemen — Jackson D. Stinson, Engine Co. No. 10; 
Geo. H. Vinal, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 5; Henry 
Fobes, Engine Co. No. 18. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

R. H. Lenehars and others, that Clarendon street, 
between Appleton street and Columbus avenue, 
be accepted. 

Susan dishing and others, for apportionment of 
Tremont street oetterments. 

Severallj referred to the Committee on Streets. 

James Carbrey, for abatement of tax assessed on 
his property in Silver, Gridley, Congress and Ath- 
ens streets. 

Heirs of Samuel W. Weld, for abatement of tax 
for 1869. 

Severally referred to Committee on Assessors' 
Department. 

Ninth Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry, for 
use of Faneuil Hall for their drum corps practice. 
Referred to Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

G. H. Moseley, Leander M.Jones, and J. A. & 
A. Smith, for leave to sprinkle certaiu streets in 
this city. 

N. Ward Co., for leave to erect a stable for fifteen 
horses, ac the corner of Parker and Ward streets. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

B. F. Edmands, that the easterly sidewalk of 
Dearborn street between Eustis and Dudley streets 
be put in order. 

Joseph Frye and others, that the sidewalks on 
Dorchester stieet between Eighth street and Dor- 
chester avenue, be laid. 

Joseph Kyle, that the sidewalks on Eustis street 
between Adams and Hampden streets be laid. 

R. W. Burpee, to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade in Harrison avenue. 

Wm. L. Bradley, for leave to construct a line of 
electric telegraph, and selectmen of Weymouth in 
aid of the same. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paviiifc. 

Oliver Whitcomb, in behalf of others, that a char- 
itable association be formed of members of the Po- 
lice Department. Referred to Committee on Po- 
lice. 

Rodney F. Payrow, for license as an innholder. 

Skiff' & Bruce, for leave to give a variety enter- 
tainment at Tremont Temple and other halls in this 
city. 

Eben Kinsman, for a wagon stand at 202 Tremont 
street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Elizabeth P. Gray for abatement of sewer as- 
sessment on Friend street. 

Sarah Scott, for extension of time for payment 
of sewer assessment, 1902 Washington street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

New England Electric Gas Lighting Company, 
for leave to attach their apparatus to the street 
lamps, &c. Referred to the Committee on Lamps. 

Bradstreet P. Woodman, to be compensated lor 
personal injuries sustained by an alleged defect in 
Milk street. Referred to Committee on Claims. 

Wm. Gaston, Geo. Lewis, Alexander H. Rice 
and others, for the enlargement of Madison square. 
Referred to Committee on Commons, &c. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

Gideon Currier, Tremont street, between Con- 
cord street and Franklin place: James Torven, 
Northfield street; R. Bishop, 795 Federal street; 
Jos. Helmfrecht, Tremont street, beyond Phillips 



street, a cnurch of wood; William Timten, War- 
ren avenue ; John Joyce, corner of Eighth and 
H streets; William smith, rear of 49 Poplar 
street; A. G. Moseley, corner of Brookline and 
Albany streets; B. F. Prescott, corner of Tremont 
and Eliot streets; Faulkner & Clark, 60 and 62 
Eliot street; H. F. Hathaway, O, between Fourth 
and Fifth stieets; Wm. Goldsmith, 57 Prentiss 
street, also corner of Arnold and Washington 
streets; Clinton Niles, northeasterly corner of 
Hanover and Cross streets; H. Allen, Gates street, 
between Eighth and Telegraph streets; Michael 
Kelley, corner of Parker and Mation streets; 
Horace Jenkins, south -Way street; James Finne- 

?an, Hamburg street: Richards & Park, 317-321 
lanover street; N, J. Bradlee. 177-185 Hanover 
street; James Bulger, cc riser of B and . Silver 
streets; W. H. Stone, 23 Albion street; M. P. 
Bickford, 263 Hanover street; N. Ward & Co., 
corner of Parker and Ward streets; John White, 
72 Brighton street; L. McLaughlin, 137 Eighth 
street; J. R. Hall, 39-45 High street; Richardson 
& Young, 115-117 Hanover street; Joseph Meyer, 
corner of Washington and Eliot streets; N. E. 
Chase, 75 Cambridge street. Severally referred to 
the Committee on streets. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The bearings on the several orders of notice on 
the proposed construction of sewers, in Vernon 
street, between Tremont street and Stony Brook; 
Eustis street, between Eustis and Orchard streets; 
Yarmouth street; Lexington street, from Putnam 
street to a point 200 feet of Prescott street ; Knowl- 
ton street; and on Linden park, were severally 
taken up. No person appeared, and the reports 
were recommitted. 

The hearings on petitions cf E. H. Brabrook, for 
leave to erect a stable on Brighton street, and of 
W. E. Woodward, a stable on Shirley street, were 
severally considered, and the reports were recom- 
mitted. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of Winslow B. Lucas and others 
was passed in concurrence. 

Certificates of elections were read, and elections 
took place as follows: 

ASSISTANT WEIGHERS AND INSPECTORS OF 
LIGHTERS. 

C. C.Davis, 11; A. R. Tewksbury, 8— elected; 
James Flynn, 3; Mr. Tewksbury in place of Mr. 
Flynn, and Mr. Davis in concurrence. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEER OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Alderman Connor withdrew the name of Mr. 
Fynes, at his request, not desiriag to run against 
Capt. Green. Wm. A. Green was unanimously 
elected in concurrence. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in lavor of granting the petition 
of Charles Drew for leave to exhibit a panorama 
of the Holy Land ; of L. Marshall to give a concert 
at Tremont Temple. March 30; Thomas Cavanaugh 
to give a billiard entertainment at Bumstead Hall ; 
also licenses to 13 newsboys and 3 boys as pedlers; 
also licenses as an auctioneer, and for a keeper of 
an intelligence office. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter reported an order author- 
izing John Donnelly to put up a bill board on the 
fence of the Boston & Albany Railroad Company, 
which was passed, and subsequently reconsiderea 
and laid on the table. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, on the petition of George F. Meacham, 
made a report that the City Surveyor be directed 
to furnish the grade of Shawmut" avenue at the 
corner of Waltham street; and no further action 
necessary on the petition of F. Clapp & Sons. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build; and leave to withdraw on peti- 
tion of James O. Boyle for payment of damages for 
injuries to leasehold estate in the construction of 
Atlantic avenue. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported that leave be granted for build- 
ing stables to E. H. Brabrook. Brighton street; 
W. E. Woodward, Shirley street; and Potter & 
Foster, corner of Utica stieet and place. Several- 
ly accepted. 

Alderman Braman also reported that leave be 
granted on petitions of Benjamin Jones, Orsamus 
Nute, Michael Gormley, and Malachi Clark, sever- 
ally to sprinkle streets. Accepted. 



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Alderman Talbot, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee, to whom was referred the petition of Mrs. 
M, J. McDonald to be compensated for personal 
injuries sustained from an alleged defect in Vil- 
lage street, made a report that the petitioner hare 
leave to withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee appointed to prepare a bill establishing the 
salaries of the several city officers for the year be- 
ginning April l, 1870, made a report in part at 
this time by recommending the passage of the ac- 
companying orders. 

The only changes proposed in the salaries at pres- 
ent established are as follows: 

To the Assistant Clerk of Committees, an in- 
crease of $300; to the Assistant Messenger, an 
increase of $300; to the Clerk of the City Solicitor, 
an increase of .$500; for cleik hire in the Treasur- 
er's office, an increase of $4000; for clerk hire in 
the Auditor's office, an increase of fG00; for clerk 
hire in the City Clerk's office, an increase of $1000; 
for clerk hire in the Assessors' office, an increase 
of .¥6000. 

The committee have not included in the accom- 
panying orders the salaries of the members of the 
Fire Department, for the reason that the commit- 
tee on that department are making an examina- 
tion which may result in some changes in its 
organization, and any action at this time in regard 
to the pay of members would be premature. 

The orders were read once. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Ordinances, who were requested to re- 
port an ordinance for the better enforcement of 
the law to prevent obstructing sidewalks, made a 
report that in their opinion the present ordinances 
are sufficient, and that no further action is neces- 
sary. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, to whom was referred the petition of A. 
H.Caton and others, that West Concord street, 
west of Columbus avenue, be called "Lebanon 
park," made a report that at a conference with the 
petitioners they expressed the desire to substitute 
the name "Greenwich" for "Lebanon." They 
therefore recommend the passage of the accom- 
panying order : 

Ordered, That West Concord street, between 
Columbus avenue and the Boston & Providence 
Kailroad, be hereafter called and known as "Green- 
wich park," and that the SuDerintendent of Street* 
be directed to place street "signs upon and num- 
ber said park accordingly. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

CHESTER SQUARE AND PARKS. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the same Committee, 
to whom was referred the petitions of John B 
Babcock, J. F. Bacon, Eben Hawes, Thomas C" 
Wales, and Henry L. Hallett and others, in rela- 
tion to the names and numbers of East Chester 
avenue. Chester square and West Chester avenue, 
made a report with the accompanying orders: 

Ordered, That the street extending from Wash- 
ington street to Albany street, now known as East 
Chester avenue, be hereafter called and known as 
"Chester park," and numbered from Washington 
street easterly, according to the plan adopted 
April 29, 1869. ' y 

Ordered, That the street extending from Wash- 
ington street to Tremont street, a part of which is 
now known as West Chester avenue and a part 
Chester square, be hereafter called and known as 
"Chester square," and numbered from Washington 
street westerly according to the present system of 
numbers. 

Ordered, That the street extending from Tremont 
street to the Boston & Providence Railroad, now 
known as West Chester avenue, be hereafter 
called and known as "West Chester park," the 
numbering of said park to be a continuation of 
the numbering of Chester square. 

The report was accepted and the orders were 
considered. 

Alderman Cowdin said that something should be 
done to relieve the people of the localities named 
from the difficulties under which they had suffered 
for ye.irs. He regretted to be obliged to differ from 
the majority of the Committee on Paving, as upon 
all other subjects there had been perfect agree- 
ment. He was satisfied with the names proposed 
by the committee, but was not satisfied with the 
proposed numbering, which would not suit the 
people interested. To remedy the difficulty fully, 
he moved to amend by commencing the number- 
ing at Albany street and proceeding west. By this 



means the confusion of duplicate numbers would 
be avoided. 

Alderman Carpenter said if he had supposed the 
gentleman would nave opposed the report in the 
Board he would have given him stronger grounds 
for his opposition. He was surprised at his incon- 
sistency, after his vote relatii g to West Concord 
street. This question had been before the Board 
of Aldermen lor some years. It was impossible to 
please every one, yet the Committee had endeav- 
ored in their action to promote the public good and 
the comfort of individuals. They proposed to 
number each way from Washington street, which 
satisfied the great majority of people, and simpli- 
fied the matter. It would not answer to number 
from Albany street, as proposed, for the street 
would grow in the direction of Dorchester. 

Alderman Cowdin, in reply to the charge of in- 
consistency, stated that he was not satisfied with 
the report when he voted for it, and should move 
to reconsider the order relating to Greenwich park. 
AM of the numbering of streets should begin at 
Albany street, to avoid the difficulty of double or 
triplicate numbers. There was no danger of the 
extension of Chester park beyond Albany street, 
and if it should be extended, the name could he 
changed. It would require an act of the Legisla- 
ture to authorize such an extension. 

Alderman Carpenter said that be was informed 
the act was passed by the last Legislature. 

Alderman Pratt concurred in the proposed num- 
bering from Albany street, characterizing the 
question as being much mixed, the result of con- 
stant application of residents of one and another 
block for change of name or numbers. He moved 
further to amend by giving the name Chester ave- 
nue, and numbering from east to west. 

The motion was lost, Aldermen Hawes and Pratt 
in favor, nine opposed. 

Alderman Talbot inquired if the proposed meas- 
ure was satisfactory to the abutters. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that it was perfectly 
satisfactory to the residents of Chester square, 
with four exceptions ; it was also satisfactory to 
those of West Chester park, and to many of the 
residents of East Chester avenue. 

Alderman Talbot said the difficulty was, that to 
m )st persons the designations Park and Square 
were synonymous, and must create confusion. He 
suggested whether the difficulties mentioned in re- 
gard to future numberings might not be remedied 
by commencing with 300 at Albany street, 400 at 
Washington street, and 500 at Tremont street. 

Alderman Cowdin could see no relief except in 
having but one set of numbers. 

Alderman Pierce stated that it was suggested a 
change of name could be made, but they found 
the people were attached to the name "Chester." 
Washington street is, as it were, a pivotal point, 
and it was believed to be best to number east ana 
west from that point. He had no doubt that some 
day the South Bay would be built over, the land 
wh'ich would be made being of more value than 
the admission of a few small vessels through the 
draw at Fort Point Channel. 

Alderman Jacobs said he did not clearly under- 
stand the matter, and hoped it would go over for 
further consideration. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that no new inform- 
ation could be obtained. So far as related to the 
residents of Chester square there was no change 
of name or numbers. The Committee reported to 
satisfy most of the residents, and he believed the 
publrc would be satisfied with the report. 

Alderman Hawes did not clearly understand the 
matter. He would commence the numbers at the 
Providence Kailroad and run them east. He hoped 
this report would be deferred one week. 

Alderman Pratt said he failed to see the point 
which was so satisfactory. The Board of Alder- 
men last year decided this matter one way, and 
now a committee of tlvee have decided in favor of 
another way. 

A motion to lay the subject over was carried, but 
subsequently a reconsideration prevailed, and it 
was further considered. 

The question recurring on the amendment of Al- 
derman Pratt, it was lost by a vote of 4 to 8, as fol 
lows : 
Yeas — Cowdin, Hawes, Jacobs, Pratt. 
Nays — Braman, Carpenter, Connor, Gibson, Jen- 
kins, Pierce, Talbot. 

Alderman Jacobs said he voted to defer the 
matter for the purpose of obtaining more informa- 
tion; if required to vote now, he should vote 
against the orders, and he believed, from the best 
information he could get, that they would not be 
satisfactory to the people. 



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The orders were passed by a vote of eight to 
three, as follow e : 

Yeas— Bra man, Carpenter, Connor, Gibson, 
Hawes, Jenkins, Pierce, Talbot. 

Nays— -Cowdin, Jacobs, Pratt. 

WOOD PAVEMENT. 

AJdeinian Carpenter, from the same committee 
to whom was referred the petition of Nathaniel C. 
Naeh and others, that a Commission be appointed 
in test the various methods of preserving- wood 
for pavement, &c, made a report, with the ac- 
companying order: 

Ordered, That His Honor, the Mayor, be author- 
ized to appoint a coiiiiiii: ti< n consisting ef thiee 
chemists, three mechanical engineers, and two 
civil engineers, one of \\h( in shall be the City En- 
gineer, to make a thorough investigation of the 
different processes of protecting wood, to l e used 
Cor paving, from decay, and the various methods 
of constructing and 'putting down wood pave- 
ments, and report thereon to this Hoard, with their 
opinion on the same, on or before April 25, 1870, 
the entire expense of said commission not exceed- 
ing 5500, to be charged to the appropriation for 
paving. 

Aldeiman Carpenter, in advocating the pa: sage 
of the order, said there had been brought before 
lie Committee on Paving thirteen or fourteen 
kinds of wood pavement since the 1st of January, re- 
quiring much more of the time of the Committee 
for investigation of their merits than the Com- 
mittee could afford. The petition calling for this 
commission represented nianv wealthy and inter- 
ested citizens, and, at least, §25,000,000 to 130,000,000 
were represented by them. 

Alderman Cowdin said the reason why he moved 
that the order be sent to the Committee on l'aving 
was because there were two scientific men on the 
Committee, but he was now in favor of its passage. 

the order was read a second timi and passed. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed laying out of Clarendon street 
between Appleton and Chandler streets. Hearing 
.Monday, April 11, 4 1'. M. 

( in the proposed widening of Washington street, 
on the westerly side between Indiana place and 
i (range street. Alderman Talbot stated in explan- 
ation-, that in the rebuilding of the railroad bridge, 
a favorable opportunity will be offered of making 
the street fiftv feet in width at this point. Hear- 
ing Monday. April 11, 4 P. M. 

on the petition of the Metropolitan Kailroad 
Co., for leave to construct a turn-out at Mount 
Pleasant. Hearing, Monday April 18, 4 P. M. 

( in the petition of M. De flock for leave to put up 
a i-team engine and boiler at 217 Eighth street. 
Hearing. Monday, April 18, 4 P. M. 

On several petitions for erection of stables as 
follows : S . Ward & Co., for fifteen horses, corner 
of Parker and Ward streets; G. H. Moseley, corner 
of Brookline and Albany streets; Wm. Smith, Pop- 
lar street. Hearings, Monday, April 4, 4 P.M. 

AliBANY STREET FREIGHT RAILWAY. 

The special assignment, the consideration of 
petition of Albany Street Freight Kailroad Com- 
pany for leave to use steam as a motive power in 
the streets of this city, was taken up. 

To bring the subject of the petition directly be- 
fore the Board. Alderman Carpenter offered an or- 
der that leave be granted to the petitioners to run 
a locomotive with their trains in Albany street for 
three months, from 1st April, between the hours 
of 9 P. M. and 5 A. M. 

Alderman Carpenter, in support of the order, 
expressed the hope that it would be passed; stat- 
ing that in this ease, as in all others, oppo- 
sition is made to progress. This company during 
the past year had transported over their road 10,000 
tons of ordinary freight and 3000 tons of new loco- 
motives. He was willing that the question should 
be tested in the use of locomotives in the streets, 
for it must come some time. As good business 
men, and as large real estate owners in the vicini- 
ty, the petitioners wished to make the experiment. 
If successful, it will oe the means of reducing 
much the cost of moving freight, and be a great 
convenience in doing business. 

A remonstrance of W. I". Emerson and many 
others, abutters on Albany street, against grant- 
ing this petition, was presented, and a petition 
from A. D. Williams and others in favor of said 
grant. 

Alderman Jenkins said they might regret grant- 
ing the petition to make the experiment, if it 
should be found that the permission could not be 
revoked, and he moved that the time be limited 
to two months. 



Alderman Carpenter said he would make it a 
condition in the order that at the end of the speci- 
fied lime further leave must be obtained, and 
would modify the order so as to limit the time to 
two months. His wish was that the experiment 
should be fully tried. 

Alderman Cowdin said he had known the peti- 
tioners for a long time, and they were entitled to 
great credit for their energy. There were, howev- 
er, but three doing business on the street, who 
were in favor of this measure, while all others 
were opposed to it. If it was to te for the great- 
est good of the greatest number, he would yield, 
but he did not believe it would be safe in the day 
time to use steam in this street, where there was 
so much travel, nor would it be entirely sale in the 
night time, as the day is sometimes not long 
enough for the transaction of business. 

Alderman Jenkins moved to amend by making 
the time 10 o'clock P. M., each day, when the use 
of steam should begin. 

Alderman Gibson said the experiment should be 
tried in this city, for there was not a city on the 
Atlantic coast where steam was not used in the 
streets. It was objected for a time to allowing the 
trains of the Boston & .Maine Kailroad to cross 
the streets; but it was found that by the use of 
horses greater obstruction was produced, and it 
was an Inhuman way of treating a horse. All the 
way to Washington he ft and trains crossing streets 
of cities. Business demands it in this case, and 
the business of the city should be done. 

The amendment was carried to substitute 10 for 
9 o'clock. 

Alderman Talbot called for the reading of the act 
chartering the road, and upon its being read, re- 
marked that as the Board under it had the right to 
establish, it had also the right to rescind. He 
therefore had no objection to voting for it. 

As amended, the order was passed, as follows: 

Ordered, That leave be granted to the Albany 
Street Freight Kailroad Company to run a loco- 
motive with their trains of cars in Albany street 
only, from April 1 to June 1, 1870, between the 
hours of 10 o'clock P. M. and 5 A. M., at such rate 
of speed and under such other regulations as the 
Board may determine, and on the express condi- 
tion that from the 31st day of May, 1870, there shall 
be no steam engine used on the road, unless permit- 
ted by the Board of Aldermen. 

The order forbidding the removal of Hose Car- 
riage Mo. 2 from Hudson street to East street was 
taken up. 

Alderman Hawes stated that he was at first in 
favor of the removal, but many men had come to 
him to represent the importance of keeping the 
hose company there. The land belonged to the 
schoolhouse, and until it was wanted by the .school 
Committee he thought it was best to let the hose 
carriage remain there. 

Alderman Cowdin believed it desirable to let the 
hose carriage remain where it is, on account of the 
risks from tire in that vicinity. 

Alderman Gibson stated that the new house on 
East street was built to accommodate this hose 
carriage, and whatever risk there was, it would 
take but half a minute to reach the present locality 
from that house. 

Alderman Talbot was of opinion that it should be 
determined before a house was built what should 
go into it. It was a difficult matter to get an en- 
gine or a hose carriage removed when once locat- 
ed. 

The order was passed in concurrence. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Braman. 

Ordered, that the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to consider and report if an 
office can be furnished for the City Physician in 
the basement of the City Hall. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, that the Committee on Laying out and 
Widening Streets be requested to consider and 
report upon the expediency of laying out Gold 
street, between B and C streets, as a public way; 
also upon the expediency of laying out Smith 
street, Ward 15, as a public street. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department be and he is hereby authorized, under 
the direction of the committee, to furnish engine 
house No. 7, East street, at an expense not exceed- 
ing $800, the same to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Fire Department. 

Orders were passed for the payment of bills of 
persons connected with the City Government. 

Adjourned. 



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C O M M O N COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Coimnou Council, 

MARCH 31, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 1}', o'clock, M. E. 
Ingalls, the President, in the chair. 

PAPEES FISOM THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of William Gaston and others for 
enlargement of .Madison square, and of B. P. 
VVoounian for compensation lor personal injuries, 
were referred, in concurrence. 

Report leave to withdraw on petition of M. J. 
Maedonald to be paid lor personal injuries received 
for a defect in Village street, was accepted in con- 
currence. 

Keport no further action is necessary for the 
tetter enforcement of law in relation to obstruct- 
ing sidewalks, the present ordinance being suffi- 
cient, being on its acceptance, 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 moved that it he recom- 
mitted. As the ordinance now stands, persons 
may obstiuct the sidewalks, as they olten do, until 
they become a nuisance, and there is no remedy. 
An officer may tell them to move on, and they may 
move lor a m< ment, returning again to the same 
place, yet he has no authority to arrest them with- 
out a warrant, and if he makes a compiaint, he 
may not be able to identify the parties. 

Sir. Hall of Ward 1 hoped the motion would not 
prevail, Should an ordinance be made more 
strict, it may be considered arbitrary and oppres- 
sive. 

The motion to recommit was carried by a vote of 
12 to 10. 

Ihe order for Committee on Public Buildings to 
consider and report whether an office for the City 
Physician can be iurnithed in the City Hall, com- 
ing up, 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to add the City So- 
licitor, in the inquiry. 

Mr. Wells of \\ ard 3 stated that the City Solicit- 
or occupies rooms on a lease for several years, 

Mr. Smith said that was no reason why there 
should not be an inquiry in the matter, and'he did 
not suppose there would be any difficulty in dispos- 
ing of a lease. 

Mr. Wiiliams of Ward 13 wished to know what 
reasons could be given for changing the quarters 
of the City Solicitor. 

-Mr. Smith replied that the office of City Solicitor 
was of great importance, and there were frequent 
occasions to consult with him, by Aldermen and 
other members of the City Government. It should 
therefore be as accessible as possible. There were 
far more reasons lor having the Solicitor in the 
City Hall than there were to have the City Fhysi- 
cian there, lor his services arc much more needed. 

'Ike amendment was carried, 19 to 15, and the 
order was passed. 

the order to pay bills April draft was read twice 
anil passed. 

The order authorizing the furnishing of engine 
house No. 7, East street, at an expense not exceed- 
ing eight hundred dollars was lead once. 

'the certificate of the election of A. R.Tewksbury 
as an Assistant Weigher and Inspector of Lighters, 
etc., in place of James Flynn, chosen by this Coun- 
cil, was read. 

'ihe Council proceeded to an election, and made 
choice of A. 1;. TewksLuiy, in concurrence, by a 
vote as follows: A. K. Tewkstuiy, 26; James Flynn, 
17; Wm. L. Battis, 5; Wm. Mclnerny, 2. 

TJNF1NSHED BUSINESS. 

Ihe following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Orocr auihorizirg the purchase of one thousand 
feet of leather hose, at a cost of not more than 
eighteen bundled dollars. 

Order authorizing a contract to 1 c made with 
Chamterlin& Mafston for enlarging and rerncd- 
ellii g Engine Hi use JSo. 14. 

on, it to purchase the estate of Nar.oy Pierce, in 
niili mi nt ( f damages fr< m the wii'cning of Han- 
o\(i street, at a cost cf sixteen thousand dollais. 

Order for the Water Registrar to certily the 
amount of monthly receipts fri m the takers of 



Mystic Water in this city, and authorizing pay- 
ments to bo made for the use of said water. 

REPORT ON AUDITOR'S ESTIMATES. 

.Mr. Pool of Ward 10, from the Joint Speeh'l 

Committee of the City Council, to win m was re- 
ferred the estimates of the Auditor of Account;; 
for the financial year commencing .May 1, 1870, and 
terminating April 30, 1871. made a report that they 

have given said estimates a thorough and careful 
consideration, and would recommend that the fol- 
lowing estimates of appropriations he reduced as 
hereinafter stated, viz: 

Amount Amount Amount 

Appropiiationr. asked tor. votid by of Re- 

Com. Auction. 

Advertising £6,000 $1,000 65,000 

Bridges yo,ooo 31,000 64,ooo 

Chestnut Hill lieseiv'r 30,000 .00,000 

( 'ommon, etc 100,700 75,000 25,700 

Engineer s Departm t 18.0(10 15,000 3,000 

Fire Department 373,891 333,891 40,000 

H?alth Department... 321,700 300,000 LI. 700 

Interest and Premium 1,172,000 1,072,000 100,000 

Incidental Expenses.. 125,000 100,000 25,000 

Lamps 354,200 325.000 29,:0'J 

.Mount Hope Cemetery 30,000 li;,ooo 14,000 

Overseers Poor 70,000 05,000 5,000 

Paving, etc 1,782,000 1,000,000 782,000 

Police 605,000 575,000 30,000 

Public Li hrarv 70,000 65,000 5,000 

Public Buildings 111,000 100,000 11,000 

House of Industry. . . . 150,000 143,500 6,500 

House of Correction.. 03,000 90,000 3,000 
Introducing Water and 

New Boilers. Deer 

Island 16,000 6,000 10,000 

Quarantine Departm't 13,000 8,000 5,000 
New Coal Sheds, Deer 

Island 5,000 5,000 

New Iron Steamboat. . 45.000 ) 

Repairing H. Morrison 7,000) 38,000 
Salaries Instructors of 

High and Grammar 

Schools 609,100 550,000 59,100 

Grammar Schools, P.B. 127,000 120,000 7,000 
Grammar Schools, S.C. 

(free books not voted) 106,500 50,000 56,500 
Primary School In- 
structors 254,500 250,000 4,500 

Primary Schools, 1'. B. 114,000 110,000 4,000 
Primary Schools, S. C. 

(fiee bocks not voted) 14,000 9,000 5,000 
Sealers Weights and 

Measures 10,120 7,120 3,000 

Sewers and Drains. .. . 125,000 100,000 25,000 

Stony Brook Sewer... . 25,000 25,000 

Surveyor's Departm't 30,000 28,000 2,000 

Survey of Koxbury.... 6,000 5,000 1,000 

Survey of Dorchester. 6,000 5,000 1,000 

Water Works 355,200 230,200 125,000 

Water Works, Interest 

and Premium 1,069,000 869,000 200,000 

Widening Streets 200.000 150,000 50,000 

$8,637,911 $6,811,711 SI. 826,200 
lh? Committee also report that the following 
items of revenue be increased, viz: 

County of Suffolk, from $40,000 to $60,000 

Corporation Tax, " 300,000 " 350,000 

Outstanding Taxes, " 100,000 " 200,000 

Public Institutions, " 49,000" 79,000 

§489,000 $689,000 

Increase of Revenue $200,000 

The items of approprition for interest and pre- 
mium and for water works' interest and premium, 
the committee state have been reduced at the re- 
quest of the Auditor, who believes that the treas- 
ury will be able to meet the demands upon it be- 
fore the taxes become due, without borrowing so 
large a sum as was contemplated; also by reduc- 
tion of the premium for the purchase of gold. 

Total appropriations as per Auditor's estimates, 
$12,021,005; reduction made by the committee, $1,- 
826,200— making the amount as reduced $10,194,805; 
after adding the increased amount required for 
State tax, of $112,053, reducing the sum by the in- 
creased revenue, and adding 3 per cent, for non- 
payment of taxes during the year, there is re- 
quired to be raised by taxation ■; 8,636,862. 

The report concludes with the recommendation 
of the passage of the two orders annexed, one 
making the appropriations in accordance with the 
foregoing alterations, and one laying a tax to 
meet the same. 



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The report ; s signed by the Mayor, as chairman 
ot the Committee. 

Ihe orders were each read once. 

Sir. Poor expressed the hope that as inasmuch as 
one meeting would be lost, next week, it was de- 
sirable that the orders should be passed now, 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 moved that the subject be 
assigned to the next meeting at 8^ o'clock. 

Mr. Poor said he would not object, if a meeting 
was to be held next week. 

The Cha : r stated that if the orders should be 
passed now, there would be no need of a meeting 
next week; otherwise there will be a necessity for 
a meeting. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 said he had not seen the 
estimates of the Auditor until now. If necessary, 
he would have six meetings next week for a con- 
sideration of the subject. The Committee had re- 
ported a saving of about §2,000,000, and it was pos- 
sible the Council might save another million. The 
stfbject was of immense importance aid should be 
considered carefully. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 said it would be an unusuai 
thing todo r to pass the appropriation bills so 
speedily. He would have the matter lie over, if it 
requiied two meetings. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 hoped the motion to pass 
the orders now would not be urged. It was im- 



portant that every member of the Council shoul 1 
look at this document carefully. 

Mr. Poor said he was not strenuous about pass- 
ing the orders, should there be a meeting next 
week. 

Mr. Xoyes of Ward 5 moved that when the Coun- 
cil adjourns it be to Wednesday evening next. Car- 
ried. 

The question being on the motion of Mr. Wells, 
to assign, Mr. Bishop moved to assign to four 
o'clock. 

On the statement being made that the Council 
had vo' ed to meet in the evening, Mr. Wells with- 
drew his motion to assign to a fixed time, and Mr. 
Bishop moved a reconsideration of the vote fixing 
the time of meeting in the evening. 

The motion was lost, when the further consider- 
ation of the subject was postponed to the next 
meeting of the Council. 

On motion of Mr. Tucker of Ward G, an order 
was lead once that the sum of $100 be hereby 
appropriated in addition to the amount previously 
appropriated, to pay for Engine No. 10, the same 
to be charged to the appropriation for Fire De- 
partment. 

Adjourned to Wednesday evening next, at 1% 
o'clock. 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 4, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor bhurtkff presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Hay-weighers (Dorchester) — T. J. Dalrymple, 
F. W . banting. C. A. Upham, Aaron Bradshaw, A. 
T. "i\ heeler, l'-ten Curtis, C. E. Stevenson. 

Superintendent of Intelligence Offices— Harrison 
O. l.eed. 

supei intendent of Pawnbrokers— EbenezerShute. 

Measurers ci i pi er Leather — William Bragdon, 
George W. Bragdon, John W. Bragdon, Jr., Wil- 
lie in l'( v, eis. 

sealers cf Weights and Measures— William F. 
Reed, North District; Frederick G. Pope, Middle 
DIeUk t; Emoiy K. Moore, South District. 

W cipher ( f Goal— Daniel O'Connor. 

Special Police Officers without Pay— George H. 
JU Donald and Dexter Pratt lor viciniLy of exten- 
si< n cf Broadway; George Atwood for Parker 
Building, 15i'-li0 Washington street; dames W. 
Dean, No. 7 Green stieet; Joseph White, for new 
Inikliiig, Fifth street, between B and C streets; 
Samuel A. Marshall, Kcw Era Building, 176 Tre- 
m< it street; Charles Wagner, Beacon street, from 
Arlington to Clarendon street. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Jesse Tirrell and others, that Columbus avenue 
be paved with wood; h. N. Thayer and others and 
11. A. G. Pomeroy and others, in aid of the same. 

Hart, Taylor & Co. and others, for across walk in 
Chauncy street at Avon place. 

James Carney and another, for leave to move a 
building from station street to Gore avenue. 

Charles Hichardson and others, against the re- 
moval of any buildings on Gore avenue. 

James W. Gerard, for grade of Hampden and 
Chadwiek streets. 

Jane F. Prime, to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade in London street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Proposals of receivers of East Boston Ferry Com- 
pany to deliver coal and supplies. Keferred to 
Committee on Ferries. 

Alvah Kittredge and others for a sewer in High- 
land avenue and Linwood street. 

Ann J. Blan chard for postponement of collection 
of sewer assessment on Bartlett street. 

Jabez H. Sears for a sewer in N street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Anne E. Sargent, to be paid for personal injuries 
sustained by her on account of an alleged defect 
in Treniont row. Referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

David Pulsifer and other?, for the use of Faneuil 
Hall, April 14, for a public meeting. Keferred to 
Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

John 'Qui nn for leave to place a private lamp in 
front of No. 151 summer street. Referred to Com- 
mittees on Lamps and Paving. 

John Kelly, for leave to sprinkle certain streets 
in this city. * 

B. W. Taggard, for leave to erect a stable on 
Worcester street, provided he allows the city to 
retain all its rights in the premises. 

G. W. Hobby & Co., for leave to build a stable 
rear of 80 Conant street. 

Nath'l C. Nash, for relief from establishment of 
a hospital in Burroughs place. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

Timothy Collins, for leave to give a variety en- 
tertainment at Olympic Theatre. Keferred to 
Committee on Licenses. 

Old Colony <& Newport Railroad Co., that this 
Board would approve their bridge guards. Ke- 
ferred to Committee on Bridges. 

Grover & Baker Sewing Aiaehine Co., for leave 
to run a steam boiler and engine on Albany and 
Piympton streets. Keferred to Committee on 
Steam Engines. 

Leonard Ware and others, that a public highway 
be opened through Cottage street to Wobdville 
square. 

Patrick Donahoe, trustee, to be paid for damages 
caused by widening and grading of Belmont 
street. 



Peter B. Brigbam and others, for the extension 
of Portland street to Elm or M ashin rton street, o: 
to Wilson's lane, and the widenii tid street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on streets. 

George M. Barnard and others, t bat a portion of 
the fiats near Charles street may he dredged. 

Keferred to Committee on Harbor. 

Young Men's Christian Association of South 
Boston, for leave to hold open air meetings on 
Telegraph Hill or at City Point on Sundays. 

James Guild, Robert W. Ames :n:<\ others, for 
the enlargement < f .Madison square. 

severally referred to the Committee on Com- 
mons and "Squares. 

NOTICES OF II1TENTION TO Dlil.D. 

N.J. Bradlee, 318 Washington street; Timothy 
F. Bowe, Shawmut avenue, near the West Box- 
bury line; .Mrs. M. A. Underwood, Princeton street, 
east of Prescott street; J. K. Souther, Eighth 
street, between I and K streets: <.. W. Hobby & 
Co., rear of 80 Conant street; Win. Bow, Linwood 
square; M. M. McCuen, Treniont, beyond Heath 
s^Teet; Haley, Morse & Co., 409 and til Washing- 
ton street; Jonathan Cottle, corner • hawmut ave- 
nue and Waltham street; J. W. Tobey, St. James 
avenue; Morse Brothers, Lewis t) . tear .Mar- 
ginal street; Richards & Park, 303, 311 Hanover 
street; John J. Driscoll, sixth street, between C 
and D streets; John Brainard, corner of Parker 
and Tremont streets; B. F. Colcord, 618 Treniont 
street; 'Xhcs. Lyford & Co., 88-02 Fulton street; 
J. W r . Leatherbee, Albany street, near Bristol street; 
B. F. Tombs, Fourth street, between Dorchester 
and F streets ; David Flynn, Bennet avenue ; Mark 
Dowling, corner of G and sixth streets; l'urcell 
& Fowle, Border street, near Central square: W. 
W. & J. X. Bennett, Condor, near Meridian street; 
Bridget Dolan, Longwood avenue; A. E. Kichard- 
sou, otoughton street and North avenue, (Dorches- 
ter); Slade Luther, 391) Hanover street; Joseph 
Bassett, old Harbor street; Potter & Foster, L'tica 
street, between Beach and Kneeland streets; Pat- 
rick Hanlon, Broadway, between K and L streets; 
A. J. Houghton & Co., Halleck, near Station 
street; Bowen & Leavitt, corner of Marlboro' and 
Clarendon streets; also at 23 Brimmer street; Wm. 
A. Prescott, 17-27 High street; Samuel a. Way, 62 
Bowdoin street; Patrick Hanlon, corner of O and 
Sixth streets; Wm. Washburn & Sous, corner of 
Hanover and Elm streets. Severally referred to 
the Committee on Streets. 

REQUEST OF WATER BOARD FOR ADDITIONAL, 
APPROPRIATION. 

Water Board Office, April 4, 1870."" 
To the City Council : 

The appropriation of §125,000, made Oct. 24, 1869, 
lor laying the water pipes in Wards 13, 14 and 15 
has been exhausted, the demand for the water 
having far exceeded our anticipations; and we 
have now before us numerous petitions for the ex- 
tension of the pipes in said Wards, most of which 
are cases where the water rates to be received will 
far exceed the interest on the cost of such exten- 
sion. 

When the appropriation was asked for, the 
Board considered that after this amount had 
been expended, it would be desirable to close the 
construction account, and that any further ex- 
tension of the works in this section should 
be provided for in the annual appropriations for 
maintaining this department. We accordingly in- 
cluded in the estimates submitted to the Auditor 
the sum of .$125,000 for the extension of the pipes 
in the Highland District. The Finance Committee, 
in reviewing these estimates, and after fully con- 
sidering the subject, decided that it was inexpedi- 
ent to allow this amount as part of the cost of 
maintaining the works, but should be asked for as 
a special appropriation, and it was omi ted by 
ttiem in the estimates now before the City Council, 
and we have been obliged to suspend all works in 
these Wards at a season of the year when it is im- 
portant that active operations* should be com- 
menced. 

We therefore, by and with the advice of the Joint 
Standing Committee on Water, with whom we 
have consulted, respectfully request that an addi- 
tional appropriation of S125,000 may be made with 
as little delay as possible, for the purpose of ex- 
tending the water works in the Highland District. 

Respectfully submitted, 

N. J. Bradl.ee, 
President Cochituate Water Board. 

Referred to the Committee on Finance. 



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UEPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT of streets. 
The Superintendent of streets reports as expen- 
ditures for the quarter, for grading and repairs of 
streets, and for removing and levelling snow and 
ice on the streets, in the city proper, South and 
East Boston, Koxbury and Dorchester, and for 
grade damages, the sum of $84,552 57. There were 
bills lodged with the City Treasurer, for collection, 
amounting to $10,328 42. The amount paid into 
the treasury during the same period, and credited 
to the 1'aving Department, was §4591 39. 

CjUARTERLY REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF 
HEAL'l ir. 

The expenditures of the quarter ending March 
31. were as follows: 

For the collection of house dirt and offal, re- 
moval of snow and ice, clearing streets' and pur- 
chase of material for the use of the department, 
974,107 26. 'Hip demands against sundiy parties 
for furnishing and removing ashes, abating nui- 
sances, &c, the sirne hiving been deposited with 
the City Treasurer for collection, $8008 50. Amount 
paid into the City Treasury and credited to the de- 
partment, §678229. Number of prisoners-conveyed 
from the several station houses to city lock-up 
under the Court House, 2416— males, 1783; females, 
633. Entries for clearing privy vaults, 1273. Kead 
and ordered to be sent down. 

REPORT OI* SOLDIERS' RELIEF. 

The report of the Paymaster of the Committee 
on soldiers' lielkf gives the following statements 
of payments for the last two quarters, viz: 

Balance on hand Oct. 1 $332 00 

Received from City Treasuj er at various 

times 24,000 00 

Received from H. N. Crane a balance of 

State aid paid to him for parties not 

called for 52 00 

$24,384 00 
Disbursed to disabled soldiers and sailors 
and their families 24,205 00 

Leaving a balance on hand, Jan. 1, 1870. . $179 00 
Ihe largest number of applications was in No- 
vember, 1382 ; Ward 7, 102, and the amount $3247; 
the smallest amount in Ward 6, $736. 

The report of the Paymaster gives the following 
statement of payments for the quarter ending 
March 31: 

Balance on hand, Jan. 1, $179 00 

Hec'd from City Treasurer at various 
times 25,500 00 

$25,879 00 
Disbursed to disabled soldiers and sailors 
and their families 24,877 00 

Leaying a balance on hand Apiil 1 $802 00 

The applications from the several wards show 

the followfng result, the largest number being in 

January, with one exception, in which month no 

payments were made to residents of Ward 16.. 

Wards. Applications. Total Amt. 

1 98 1580 

2 136 2488 

3 95 1848 

4 68 1042 

5 128 2215 

6 49 859 

7 182 3127 

8 -80 1289 

9 55 765 

10 77 1630 

11 75 1228 

12 69 1155 

13, 15 191 ' 3324 

16 51 515 

Out of State 47 771 

U.S. Navy CO 1041 

1408 24,877 

REPORT OF 'WEIGHERS AND INSPECTORS OF 
LIGHTERS. 

Hie report of the Weighers and Inspectors of 
Lighters for the quarter ending March 31 is as fol- 
lows: 

Fees received $574 

Expenses el office, rent 25 

Leaving a net income of , $549 

which was divided among the incumbent^ of the 
otHce. . 



REPORTS OF SEALERS OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. 

Northern District— Kceipts for the quarter 
ending March 31, $133 34, all of which has been 
paid intotbe City Treasury. 

Southern District— Receipts for the quarter, 
$180 61, all of which has been paid into the City 
Treasury. 

Severally ordered to be placed on file. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF MILK. 

The report of the Inspector of Milk, Henry Fax- 
on, for the year ending March 31, states that, as 
the dealers in milk of Ward 16 have not been regis- 
tered, they are not included. The number of cows 
kept in the city is 750—34 in the City Proper, 440 in 
lioxbury, 115 in south Boston, and 1*61 in East Bos- 
ton. Whole number of wholesale dealers regis- 
tered, 1023; number now in business, 376; selling 
from carriages, 230; number of small whole- 
sale dealers, keeping more than one cow and 
selling to the neighbors, 146; retailers record- 
ed since last report, 151 ; recorded to date, 
2806; samples inspected since last report, 1680; 
found unadulterated, 1160; more or less adul- 
terated, 520; analyzed by chemist, 19; average 
adulteration found by analysis, 28.83; largest 
amount of adulteration by water, 41.17; least, 19.25; 
samples analyzed to date, 233; cases pending in 
court at last report, 2, which continue unsettled ; 
complaints in the Municipal Court, 4; convictions, 
4; complaint to Grand Jury, 6; indictments and 
convictions, 6; cases now pending in the courts, 4; 
complaints in court to date, 190; convictions, 119. 
The daily supply of milk for the city is 20,948 gal- 
lons, and the cost $7122 32; for a vear, 7,646,020 
gallons, at a cost of $2,599,646 80. The expenses of 
the Inspector's office for the past year were $191 01; 
lines and costs paid in court, $206 95. 

The Inspector, in referring to the duties of his 
office, says: In carrying out this object, stores 
and shops in all parts of this city, where milk is 
kept for sale, have been visited, and the milk ex- 
amined, records of which are kept in the office of 
the Inspector. 

In many places the milk is found to be good and 
pure; in others quite the reverse; sometimes 

frossly adulterated and very inferior in quality, 
n all such cases visits are continued until the re- 
quired improvement is established in the quality 
of the milk. 

It is gratifying to recur to the reiterated testi- 
mony of private families, keepers of stores, and 
parties from the neighboring cities and towns, and 
even from outside the limits of our own State, to 
the aid and assistance rendered by this office in 
cases of adulterated milk during the past year. 

The milk cans used for the conveyance and sale 
of milk by the dealers are of two classes. The 
large cans which hold nine quarts and a pint are 
in general use by the milk trade of Worcester 
county, and by many who collect milk in the vicin- 
ity of" Boston. The smaller cans, which hold eight 
quarts and one-half pint, are mostly in use on the 
Fitchburg, Lowell and Eastern Railroads. The 
price of milk has been about the same as the year 
previous, viz: at the farmer's door, from 33 to 42 
cents per can; and at the depots in or near the 
city, after collecting and transporting it, from 40 
to 48 cents per can. This is sold to stores and 
shops at from 54 tu 62 cents per can, and retailed 
in smaller quantities at 8 cents per quart. 

In referring to the laws for the prevention of 
adulteration of milk, and the complaints on the 
subject, the Inspector says: 

"Now all these difficulties can be prevented by 
the purchaser's taking care to look after the quali- 
ty of his milk, and discharging the milkman whose 
milk is poor for one more honest. If this were 
done, it would operate as a check on the dealer so 
effectively as to prevent the evil and secure the 
desired object. But the fact is, milk-and-water 
people will have milk and water for pure milk." 

Laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on the petition of Calef & Son, for 
leave to erect a steam planing mill on Parkman's 
wharf, West Charles street; "also, on petitions of 
the following named persons for leave to erect 
stables: O. H. Moseley, on Brookline and Albany 
streets; Win. Smith, Poplar street, N. Ward & Co., 
on Parker and Ward streets, were severally taken 
up. No person appeared in either case, the re- 
ports were recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time and 
passed : 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



Ordered. That there be paid to the heirs of Sam- 
uel \\ hitwoll (Alexander ihomas, Attorney) $22, 
8^2 tin land taken and all damages occasioned by 
the widening of Manover street, to be charged to 
the Fiist Hanover street Loan. 

metered, That there be paid to Calvin Hosuier 
S18-,000 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Uanovci .street, to be charged 
to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, 'Ihat there be j aid to Elizabeth C. Ware 
(Henry Lee. Trustee) £576 for land taken and dam- 
ages occasioned 1 y the widening el West stiett, 
by a resolve of February 9, 1869, to be charged to 
the Appropriation for Laying Out and Widening 
streets. 

PAPER* FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The report of Committee on ordinances ''inex- 
pedient to legislate, en sulject of sidewalk ob- 
struc 'tions " was recommit: ed to committee in con- 
curi'( in e. 

Hie amendment to order for Committee en Pub- 
lic Buildings to consider. Che expediency of pro- 
viding-an office in Gity Hall I th •< ity 1 -hysician, 
l y adding "also f< r ih'e Oity solicitor,'- was adopt- 
ed; in concurrence. 

ELECTIONS. 

Ihe nomination of Heniy W. Lorgley by the 
Board of Engineers of the Fire Department as 
their Clerk, chine up for approval, when .Mr. Long- 
ley was unanimously elected. 

'Ihe nomination by the City Messenger of Alvah 
H. Peters as Assistant Messenger was unanimously 
contained. 

Alderman fierce stated that in the early settle- 
ment of the country a public landing place was set 
apart on Meponset river. By an act or the Legisla- 
ture of 1«:;5, the towns of 'Dorchester and Milton 
were directed to take charge ol the property. lhis 
consists of aii acre of grtundwith a large front- 
age, and is now under lease, with a design to build 
a wharf. By this act, three Commissioners are re- 
quired to be" elected in March or April, annually. 
These Commissioners are Edmund J. Baker, E. J. 
Bispham and E. H. Ii. Luggles, in whom the peo- 
ple have confidence. Ihe Board proceeded to an 
election, and those gentlemen were unanimously 
reelected. 

WOODEN PAVEME1TTS. 

Alderman Gibson moved a reconsideration of 
the vote adopting the order for a Cemmission to 
examine and report on Wooden Pavement patents. 

The motion was carried, when ic was stated that 
an opportunity would he given, pending the con- 
sideration of the oroer, for any one to be heard on 
the subject. 

Nathaniel C. Nash, as a petitioner, said he ap- 
peared to express his views on this subject. Two 
years ago, in travelling through the West, he made 
an extensive examination of the system of wooden 
pavements, in their application fcr use m this city. 
■in the West tbey had the Noiway pine, which had 
advantages over wood used by us. 'Ihe desire of 
the petitioners was to ascertain what kind of wood 
pavement was best adapted to our use, without 
being obliged t remove it in a year or two. 
Ihey had also in view the sanitary question 
as affecting decaying wood. Ihey there- 

fore know of no better way in which to 
obtain the information sought, than in the 
appointment of a commission. If we can adopt a 
system of wood pavement it will be of immense 
advantage in many respects. In a pecuniary point 
of view it will save at least §1,000,000 a year. If it 
shall prove advantageous, we should proceed at 
once to pave with wood; it not, it should be con- 
demned at once. If he were a member of the 
Board, he would feel a relief by having a report of 
a scientific commission, once beyond a doubt, and 
if there is not a decisive result, the citizens would 
come here and protest against the laying another 
square yard of wood pavement. 

In an examination of the wood pavement laid 
down last year, hewas satisfied that none was laid 
which would prove advantageous. There was no 
process which would prove satisfactory except by 
the conversion of the alfcumeu into a condition not 
subject to decay. 

Mr. IS ash proceeded to speak of the manner of 
preparing the various kinds of wood which had 
been put down, and the objection to such kinas of 
pavement. Woods of certain kint s could be used 
which would be too expensive. I astyear kyanised 
wood from the tracks of the Cambridge Horse Bail 
road, and which had been laid ltr sevenyears, was 
taken up, in which there were no signs of decay. 

Alderman Gibson said that while he fully agreed 
with the gentleman in the advantages of wooden 



pavement, he did not believe a commission w s 
desiranle in the settlement <>l the question - , or th 
such a commission would be more likely to detec- 
inine the question than the Committee on Paving. 
A o gentlemen, however scienciiie, could <l> 
delinuely upon this matter. Experience alone 
could do thar. He had been assured in New Vor :, 
that there was one kind of wood pavement in 
< lncago which had been down fourteen yeais, and 
the CcnnniUee en Paving could ascertain if this 
were so. if wood pavement could be ha I which 
wculd last six cr eight years, he thought it would 
Le as much as we cou^u expect, aneh puvement 
would Le a saving of thirty-three per cent, to 
ImiM s and vehicles. .\o gentleman could hx the 
time which any pavement is likely to last, and the 
commit. Le can as < as.ly astci tain" such lact, as can 
a commission. 

Ah. ti man Cowdin staled that when the petition 
was ret eivedlor the appointment of at rnmission, 
although a mt inner ol the Committee, he was of 
opinion tliat it should go to that Committee, for it 
was to Le presuuieu ;hat ..In fee who were elected 
Ly the people v. tie i &j al le of discharging their 
uiities. 11 th< y were not, they should resign, lie 
remeiiil eied that bLeen years since wooden pave- 
ment was put oevvn in this city, by which the peo- 
ple wire egregious y thaviti. Furthermore, he 
knew that iheie wcie" on this Committee, leaving 
out himself, two scientific gentle met., and he ha i 
every < onndtnte in those gentlemen. Ihe petition 
was referred to Tie Committee. But when the 
Board was uoocied with petuionson the subject he 
yielded. He was yet < l opinion ihat the Ccmmis- 
tee were capable. < f ju ging in the matter, and 
hoped the ocdex w< uiu .Le lcjettt > . 

the order was rejected, and ordered to be pl.ieed 
on tile. 

Alderman Carper. t r, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in tavcr of licenses to ski ft & 
Biin e \o give variety entertainments at Iremcnt 
'temple and other hails ; Freeman Hall to exhibit 
a Panorama of the late \var; Magnus Vein rets 
for leave io exhibit .sections ol a laige and singu- 
la r - tree; Theodore Thomas for leave to give con- 
certs at the Music Hall, April 6 to 11 inclusive; J. 
11. Din an, to give exhibiti is at Morgan Chapel 
and Institute Hall. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter also reported licenses to ten 
newsLoys, to ■ sundiy persons to keep billiard 
saloons, for wagon stands, and for transfer of a 
hack license, severally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundiy notices of 
intention to i uiki. Accepted. 

Aldeiman Hawes, lrcm the Committee on Fire 
Department, reported in favor of licenses to store 
petroleum, to Geoige C. Hewlett, 19tl Causeway- 
street, and to Charles F. Collin, old Harbor wharf. 
Accepted. 

Aldeiman Pope, fr< m the Committee on Sewers, 
reported lea\e to withdraw on petition of tiustees 
of estate of John Layner, for abatement of sewer 
assessment on Hauover street; )e;we to with draw 
on petition jf W. B. Mendum ard others for a 
floodgate on Lowland street, severally accepted. 

AU.crman Biainau, iroin the Committee on 
Health, reported that leave be granted to the fol- 
lowing named peisous to sprinkle streets: G. H. 
Moseley. Frederick Sowden, J. A. & A. Smith; 
also that leave be granted to Leander H. Jones to 
water certain streets named with salt water. Sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall, to whom was referred the petition of 
Col. B. F. Fin an, commanding the Ninth Kegiinent 
of Infantry, M. V. M., to be allowed the use of 
Faneuil Hall for the purpose of practice by the 
Drum Corps of said regiment, made a report rec- 
ommending that the use of the drill room over 
Faneuil Hall be granted to the petitioner on the 
evenings of Tuesday and Friday of each week, upon 
the following teims; 

1. Ihat the bill now standing against said regi- 
ment for the use of said drill room for the same 
purpose in 1809 be thstpaid to the superintendent. 

2. That two dollars he paid to the said Superin- 
tendent in advance on each evening when the said 
drill room shall be used. 

3. That no persons be admitted to said drill room 
except the members of said drum corps and the 
field and staff of said regiment. 

4. That no smoking shall be allowed in said 
building. 

Aldeiman Talbot inquired if the conditions for 
payment of the. hall were not unusual, to which it 
was replied that the pay was simply for the 
services of the. Superintendent. 



APRIL 



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'.. he i( port was accepted. 

THE FRADKLIN FUND. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Special Committee of 
the Board, to whom was referred the petition of 
Josiah i^uincy, praying that steps should be taken 
to render the legacy of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, for 
the benefit of young mechanic's, available for the 
purposes intended by the testator, made a report, 
as follows : 

That since the benevolent bequest of Dr. Frank- 
lin was made, the customs and usages of business 
have become so changed Chat the funds realized 
from the bequest cannot be loaned upon the terms 
provided in his will, and the result is, that no new 
application has been made Cor many years for loans 
ui.i'ii those terms. 

It is not to be expected that such applications 
will be made hereafter, and the fund is accumulat- 
ing in the Hospital Life Insurance Company, with- 
out benefit to the class ol persons the testator in- 
tended to assist. I he committee deem it desirable 
that this fund should be made useful, and adminis- 
tered as nearly as may be for the purpose fci which 
it was given. ' Of course all the conditions of the 
bequest must be complied with, as they are obliga- 
tory upon the administrators of the' fund. The 
committee are of the opinion that as they are at 
liberty to invest the funds from time to time ac- 
cording to their discretion, they may loan the same 
in small sums upon perfectly good' mortgages, to 
the class of persons entitled to ue the beneficiaries 
of it. In this way all the provisions of the will 
may be complied with, and the purpose of the tes- 
tator carried out in spirit. 

The City Solicitor has been consulted, and sees 
no legal objection to the plan recommended. The 
committee would therefore recommend the pas- 
sage of the following o.der: 

Ordered, That the ministers of the oldest Epis- 
copalian, Congregational and Presbyterian 
churches be requested to meet the Board of Alder 
men (successors of the selectmen of the town of 
Boston) at the Aldermen's room, City Hall, on 
Friday next, at 12 M., to devise means, as Directors 
of the Franklin Fund, to carry out the intentions 
of the testator, for the benefit of young mechanics. 

The report was accepted, aud the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Special Committee 
of the Board, to whom was referred the report of 
the Treasurer of the Franklin Fund in regard to 
the condition of said fund on the first of January, 
1870, made a report that thev have examined the 
Treasurer's accounts and find that the report is 
correctly drawn. The amount of the fund on the 
1st of January was «T42,068 90. Accepted. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the same Committee, to 
whom was referred the application of Joseph T. 
Paget for a loan from the Franklin Fund, made a 
report, that the securities offered by the applicant 
are sufficient, and they would recommend that the 
Treasurer be authorized to loan Joseph T. Paget 
the sum of #300 upon the terms and conditions 
mentioned iu the will of Benjamin Franklin. Ac- 
cepted. 

THF. BROADWAY BRIDGE INVESTIGATION. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
l'aving, to whom was referred the communication 
from C. Curry, respecting the award of the con- 
tract tor constructing a bridge over Fort Point 
Channel in extension of Broadway, made the fol- 
lowing report. 

Although the communication from Mr. Curry 
contained no direct charge of fraud on the part of 
those persons concerned in making the contracts, 
his statement and the insinuations of others 
amounted substantially to a charge of fraud. Com- 
ing, as it did, immediately after the application for 
a large additional appropriation for carrying out 
the work, it was calculated to arrest public atten- 
tion and produce a more profound impression upon 
the community than it would have done under oth- 
er circumstances. 

Justice to the citizens, no less than to the Gov- 
ernment of last year, required that the matter 



._ information 
the amplest opportunity to substantiate their 
charges. 

The persons engaged in making the contract 
were also called upon to state the grounds upon 
winch they acted; and all the evidence and state- 
ment uresented have been reported photograph- 
ically for the information of the Government. 

The result of the investigation has been an en- 
tire failure on the part ot those who sought to 



show corruption in the making of the contract. 
The charges appear to have grown out of loose 
insinuations, made either by those who were dis- 
appointed, or those who find their chief oc- 
cupation in magnifying the errors of judgment of 
others, and in insinuating corrupt motives. It is 
time that some steps were taken to check this per- 
nicious habit of making loose accusations and in- 
sinuations against those who are intrusted with 
the discharge of difficult and responsible official 
duties. The temiency, of course, is to make re- 
spectable citizens who have reputation at stake 
shun public office, and avoid all connection with 
the public service. 

In the case under consideration, there appears 
to have been no just foundation whatever for the 
grave charges that were made. Neither against 
the Committee on Paving of last year, who acted 
under the orders of the Board of AldermeB, nor 
against any of the officers connected with the Gov- 
ernment, is there any evidence which in any de- 
gree affects their integrity; 

With this brief statement the Committee would 
respectfully ask to be discharged from the further 
consideration of the subject. 

The report was accepted. 

CHIEF OF POLICE. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, to whom was referred the nomination of Ed- 
ward H. Savage to the office of Chief of Police, 
made a report recommending that the nomination 
be confirmed. 

The report was accepted, and the nomination 
was confirmed by an unanimous vote. 

DEPUTY CHIEF OF 1'OLICE. 

The Mayor submitted the nomination of James 
Quinn for Deputy Chief of Police, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Police. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed laying of a sewer in Eliot street 
from Washington street to Warrenton street, and 
in Tremont street, between Eliot and Boylston 
streets. Hearing Monday, April 11, 4 P. M. 

On the discontinuance of a portion of Eliot 
street, adjoining the estate of Hannah B. Clark. 
Hearing Monday, April 18, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed reduction of grade on Fort Hill. 
Hearing Monday, April f 8, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
report for the use of this Board the names, ages, 
residences, times of appointment and rank ot all 
members of the Police Department. 

On motion of Alderman Connor, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Police be and 
they are hereby requested to examine as soon as 
possible the condition of the force of Police Sta- 
tion .No. G, and devise some means by which the 
persons and property of the inhabitants of South 
Boston can be properly protected. 

Alderman Connor, in support of the above order, 
stated that robberies were of daily occurrence in 
that section of the city; he had suffered himself, 
and the nexi door to him had been robbed twice 
within two or three months. A man in his place 
saw another attempting to break into a neighbor's 
store, and pursued him, when he was cut across 
the nose and face with a knife, inflicting a mark 
which be will always cany with him. The Alder- 
man said lie had followed the men who robbed him 
to Lawrence, and had the assistance of detectives 
and of other officers, but failed to obtain a dollar 
of his property. 

The best governed European cities had one 
policeman for every 600 inhabitants; South Boston 
had but thirty-five men, one lieutenant and four 
men less than five years ago, while the population 
had increased 10,000; iu a proper proportion, there 
should Jje sixty-tive ineu; but that number he did 
not expect. the people have a constant dread of 
being robbed nightly, and he hoped the committee 
would look into this matter and sift it thoroughly. 

Alderman Cowdin said he concurred with the 
Alderman in his remarks, and was of opinion that 
in that section of the city they were entitled to 
forty-five or fifty police officers. 

On motion of 'Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers be 
authorized to construct, under the direction of the 
Committee on Public Lands, a sewer in the pas- 
sage way between Chester Park and Springfield 
street east of Harrison avenue, for the proper 
drainage of the land bordering upon said passage- 
way, the expense thereof to be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Public Lands. 



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Ordered, That the sum of $101 62 be abated from 
the assessment levied upon Elizabeth I\ Gray 
for a sewer in Friend street. 

Ordered, 'that the collection of the assessment 
levied upon .Mrs. Sarah seott for a sewer in Wash- 
ington street be postponed until entry is made 
into the sewer. 

Ordered, 'that the collection of the at sessment 
levied upon St. Stephen's Church for a sewer in 
Purchase street, be postponed until entry is made 
into the sewer. 

Ordered, That the sum of $12 CO, assessed upon 
Michael Lane for a sewer in Princeton street, be 
and. the same is hereby abated; that the sum of 
£20 'M be abated from ihe Assessment levied upon 
\\ m. l.o wry for a sewer in Thornti n street. 

On motion of Aldeiman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing t'< mniittce on 
East Huston Ferries be requested to consider and 
report upon tbe expediency of providing a suita- 
ble landing for boats on the East Boston Feiry line 
at some point on Atlantic avenue, in the vicinity 
of Long wharf. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Hannah B. Clark, 
wife of Lemuel Clark, the sum of $24,000 for land 
taken and all damages occasioned by'the widening 
ot Eliot street, lyaresolveof December oi, 18LS), to 
be charged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there he paid to VV m. Minct, Char- 
lotte Harris and Wm. Minot. Jr., tiustees of estate 
of R. D. Harris, $18,721 for land taken and dam- 
ages Occasioned by the widening of Hanover 
6 r .ieet, by a resolve of Octol er 15, 1809, to be 
( haiged lo Hie >ei < nel Ham ver stitct Loan. 

dri.erod, That the betterments of the following 
named parties, lor Tremont street widening, le 
divided into ihiee parts, viz: heirs of Oeoige K. 
Head, Charles B. Adams. >ai.cy Gay. Heniy C. 
Jepsou, heiis of Lewis l)uj ec, John A. Sargent, 
<.eorge B. B'gelcw, triGtce, Charles Hamilton, 
G. A. Cochrane, heirs of samuel Jet si n. 

Ordered, That fbe betteimenis of Bcstcn Clay 
Retort and Fire Briek Manufacturing Company, 
and of John Nagle, for Federal sticet widening, Le 
divided into ihiee parts. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, a prrr.mlTe set- 
tii g fi rth that the proprietors of India whail hav- 
ing been duly notified to fill that portion of their 
dock between India and Central wharves on or 
1 ei'oie 1st April, 1870, and having neglected' to do 
so, it is therefore litre-Try 

Ordered, That the Committee on Laying Out and 
Widening Streets he and they hereby are author- 
ized to tifl said portic n of said dock in the manner 
prescribed by chapter 181 acts of 1869, and that the 
expense thereof shall be charged to the Fort Hill 
Improvement Loan, and assessed upon the said 
proprietors of the said dock. 

Orders to quit were ordered to be served upon 
Seth & A. R. Wbittier, to remove obstructions in 
the widening of Harrison avenue ; to Margaret 
Bralley, heirs of Lebbeus Stetson, Wm. Doran, 
Abel Ball, A. G. StinEtn, Patrick Kelley. to le- 
move obstructions on the line oi" widening of Ham- 
ilton street; to A. G. S tin son, Abel Ball, Wm. Do- 
ran, Horace Oupee, trustees, James A. Dupee, 
guardian, Horace Dupee, heirs of Elizabeth Kins- 
man, Edward Keliey, Win. H. Boardman. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Lamps be al- 
lowed to visit JS'ew York, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $500, to be charged to the Appropriation 
for Lamps. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Health be au- 
thorised to visit >iew York, for the purpose of ob- 
taining general information for the Health De- 
lia rtment, at an expense not exceeding $'500, to be 
charged to the appropriation for Health. 

The report granting leave to John Donnelly to 
place a bill-hoard on fence in Tremont street, near 
Boston & Albany Railroad Bridge, was taken from 
the table, and after some explanations by Alder- 
man Talbot, the report was accepted. 

SALAEY BILL. 

The Salary bill was taken up, considered by sec- 
tions, amended in some particulars and passed. 

Section 1, as printed, was amended by adding the 
use of a horse and chaise to the Mayor, inadver- 
tently omitted. 

In relation to the increase of $4000 for clerk hire 
in the Treasurer's office, Alderman Talbot stated 
that it was designed as a necessity to reorganize 
the force in that office, for the better system- 
atizing of the business. This did not in- 



clude an appropriation fen temporary assistance, 
which will be called fnr later in the season, but 
may reduce the a mount for temporary clerk h ! re 
The payment of salaries monthly, and of school 

teachers at the SchioolhuuseB, made additional la- 
bor and expense. 

Alderman Cowdln stated that in the investiga- 
tion into the aft'aiis of the Treasurer's office, i. was 
manifest that there was a necessity ior increase of 
clerk hire. 

Aldeiman Cowdin moved to amend section 6, by 
increasing the salary of the ai sisiant clerk of the 
Common Council to $800. If his entire time was 
occupied, as he understood, that amount was little 
enough. 

Alderman Talbo* said no claim was made by any 
member of the Committee on the part of the Coun- 
cil ; and if an addition should be made to the sala- 
ry, he should prefer to have it come from that 
branch. 

A Herman Gibson did not suppose that the time 
of the assistant clerk could be cne-quarcer occu- 
pied. 

Alderman Cowdin said the friends of the clerk 
intended to have proposed an increase, but foigot 
it. 

Alderman Jacobs said he understood the time of 
the Clerk was nearly all taken up, as much so as 
the time of the Assistant Clerk of Coinmi:tees, 
whose salary was increase 1 by the Committee. 

Aldeiman' Cowdin modified the amendment to 
$700, which was passed. 

Alderman Gibson mrved to make the salary of 
Assistant Clerk of Committees $600 instead of 
$800, seating that an increase in six m iiit.is of 
S100 should be considered sufficient, and was asal- 
aiy which many leys w..ulu Le glad to get. 

Aide: man Pratt was oi oj hi ion that it was a 
mistake of his friends in asking Hue h an increase. 

Aldeiman Cowdin suggested the sum of »700. 

Aldeiman Talbot believed $800 was not too large, 
as he had occasion to see much of the labor he was 
called upon to peifoim. 

The motion to amend 1 y fixing the sum at $600, 
and another by Alderman I'ratt to fix it at $500 
were each lost, when the section was passed as re- 
ported. 

On a motion of Alderman Jacobs to increase the 
salaiy of the Assistai.t Clerk of the City Registrar 
to >:800, Aldeiman Gil son raised a question in rela- 
tion to the fees received in iliac effiee. 

It was stated in reply that the fees for marriage 
certificates, aim timing to -1900, were paid into the 
City Treasuiy, ,vh!le the fees allowed by statute 
for obtaining infoimation in relation to births 
were i aid to assistants employed for that purpose, 
but not added to salaiics. 

The amendment to increase the assistant clerk's 
salary to i800 was carried. 

Aluerman Jacobs moved to increase the salary of 
Superintendent of Common to S2000, stating that 
it should not be less than that of other heads of 
departments. 

Aldeiman Talbot stated that tin committee de- 
cided to make no changes in the salaries of heads 
of departments, for it would be invidious to in- 
crease one and not others. He admitted the value 
of Air. Galvhvs services, but it should be consid- 
ered that his time was more his own than with any 
other person in like position. 

Alderman Connor stated that the Superintend- 
ent of the Common had a gang of men under his 
charge all the year round. 

The amendment was carried. 

Some debate occurred in relation to the pay of 
Assistant Assessors, Alderman Cowdin stating 
that twenty-eight years ago there was no difficulty 
in obtaining citizens well qualified to do that duty 
without pay, and Alderman Gibson objecting, also, 
to the incidental expenses attending the sessions 
of the full Board of Assessors. 

The fixed sum of $150 to Second Assistant Asses- 
sors for attending sessions of the Hoard was ob- 
jected to, but explained by Aldeiman Connor as 
for entire services of seventy to seventy-five days 
for dooming. The $5 a clay for se? vices as Asses- 
sor he did not think too high, since for such servi- 
ces many of them are tteated as outlaws. 

Alderman Talbot said he had the honor to orig- 
inate the plan of giving a fixed sum for services in 
the board, on account of complaint for the delay 
in completing the business when a per diem was 
allowed for the service. It was believed to have 
worked well. 

No changes were made in this section and the 
bill-as amended, was passed. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the C'ouiiiiuu Council, 
APEIL 6, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, a. ~}.: o'clock, 51. 
E. Ingalls, President, in the chair. 

PAPEES FROM THE BOARD OF ALDEBMEJi, 

The several quarterly reports of the Superinten- 
dent of Health, superintendent of Streets, Weigh- 
ers and Inspectors of Lighters, and of Committee 
on Soldiers Relief, were ordered to Le placed on 
tile. 

lhe petitions of the Young Men's Christian As- 
sociation of South Boston, Anne E. Sargent, (jieo. 
51. Barnard and others, hobert W. Ames, James 
Guild and others, were severally referred, in con- 
currence. 

The nomination of Alvah II. Peters for Assist- 
ant City Messenger was confirmed in concur- 
rence. 

The proposal of receivers of East Bosttn Ferry 
Company to deliver coal and supplies was re- 
ferred hi concurrence. 

'lhe order for Committee en East Boston Ferries 
to report on the expedient y of providing a landing 
for boats on Atlantic avenue", near Long wharf, 
was passed iir concurrence. 

'lhe certificate of the election of a Secretary for 
the Engineers of the Fire Department was read, 
when Henry W. Longley v/as unanimously elected, 
in concurrence. 

The request of Water Board for an additional ap- 
propriation of ¥125,000, for distribution of water in 
Koxbury, was referred in concurrence. 

The report on salaries of city oflicers for the year 
beginning April 1st, 1870 (printed City Doc. >i'o. 30, 
1870), was read, and the orders were read once. 

The certificate of the election of three commis- 
sioners on the public landing place in Milton was 
read, and Edmund J. Baker, E. J. Bispham, and E. 
H. K. Buggies were unanimously elected, in con- 
currence. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were each read a second 
time and passed. 

Urder to furnish Engine House Xo. 7, East street, 
at an expense not exceeding eight hundred dol- 
lars. 

( )rder appropriating one hundred dollars in addi- 
tion to the amount h retot'ore allowed to pay for 
Engine >.o. 10. 

AUDITOR'S ESTIMATES. 

The Auditor's estimates, with the report of the 
Committee on Finance thereon, were considered. 

The several items of appropriation were read. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2 inquired why the Fire De- 
partment was subjected to the charge of ¥55,000 
for water, to which 51 r. Poor of Ward 11 replied 
that the charge was made by virtue cf an ordi- 
nance in relation to the use of water. 

5Ir. seaverns of Ward 11 moved to amend the 
appropriation for paving, by increasing it to *l,- 
250,000, with a proviso that it should be expended 
in the several subdivisions of the city in the same 
proportions as were contemplated in the original 
estimates of the committee. 

The chair ruled the proviso out of order, on the 
ground that as Surveyors of Highways, the Board 
of Aldermen had the entire direction of where 
the expenditures should be made. 

Mr. Seaverns, in support of the amendment, sta- 
ted that there were many streets in Wards 13, 14 
and 15, which had been accepted, but which had 
not been placed in a proper condition, and the 
Superintendent of Streets had said that they could 
not be put in good condition, with others requiring 
repairs, unless a much larger appropriation 
was made than last year. 

.Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 said there could be no 
guarantee that the work would be done on the 
streets in those wards. He had seen similar cases 
to this, in which work had failed to be done where 
it was expected, and could see no reason for an in- 
crease of the appropriation. 



Mr. Poor of Ward li agreed with the gentleman 
who last spoke, that it was very uncertain where 
money would be spent for paving, 'lhe expendi- 
tures iast year amounted u> 5760,000, and the Com- 
mitted nau rafsed the amount to I 1,000,000, which 
they thougnt a large sum, and with judicious man- 
agem :ut the department could fret along. 

Mr. seaverns said the repairs of streets n hicb were 
necessary could not be made unless the appropria- 
tions were on a liberal scale. Every' cent which 
was contributed to put the streets in good order 
was a benefit to the city, some streets where the 
water pipes were laid down last year weie serious- 
lj injured and needed extensile repairs, as well 
as many new streets which had been accepted and 
not put in order. 

Mr. .Rogers of Ward 15 referred to Vernon and 
Prentiss streets, vvliere no water pipes were laid, 
but which were in a very bat condition. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13 could not see why Koxbury 
should be drawn into the question; that section 
pays its proportion of taxes, an t will get its share 
of the appropriation if fought for. In 1868 there 
were expended in that section ¥00,000, yet Ward 13 
got hut ¥15,000. He hoped the appropriation would 
remain as it is. 

51r. Frost of Ward 9 was of opinion that what- 
ever items were cut down, it should not be those 
for the repair of streets. Last year they were cut 
down, and were short ¥100,000. "in accepting new 
streets, the city says to the people that it will 
take caie of thein and put them in shape. There 
were twenty-two new streets accepted by the last 
Board of Aldermen, and many of these were in a 
condition that some members of the Council can- 
not realize. 

They must be repaired, in justice to the people 
and to the health of the ciiy. He was not in favoi of 
extraordinary expenditures, but he could not see 
how the city can -neglect to put these streets in 
order. 

5fr. Williams of Ward 13 said the motive of the 
gentleman who offered the order commended it- 
self to his judgmeut, but he did not think it would 
be well to change the appropriation as fixed by the 
Committee. He presumed that Koxbury would 
get its proportion of the appropriation, but there 
was no surety that anything would be gained to 
that section by the proposed amendment. There 
were some other matters or no less importance to 
that section of the city. The appropriation for 
Commons and Public squares had been reduced, 
but it was not stated what squares should be im- 
proved, and the matter was left incomplete and 
indefinite. In regard to the amendment, he was 
not willing to vote for it, even though his section 
might get the whole of it. If the committee had 
considered the subject, they would stand by then- 
report. 

Mr. Seaverns believed gentlemen misunderstood 
him. He merely spoke of the Koxbury wards as 
suffering and should receive attention, yet there 
were other streets that needed repairs," and he 
would have the appropriation large enough to put 
them in gcod condition. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 thought the committee was 
entitled to much credit for trimming up the appro- 
priations. The increase over last year was ¥300,000, 
and that he thought was enough." It the expendi- 
ture was not fairly made, the citizens would he able 
to reach the departments for not acting fairly, tie 
was in favor of reducing the amount in his own 
ward, and that should be the motive with which 
all the members from the several wards should act 
5Ir. Poor of Ward 11 believed the amount appro- 
priated was large enough, and if spent judiciously it 
would be ample. If spent for all sorts of wooden 
pavement conceivable it might not be enough. 

5Ir. Brooks of Ward I , in conceding that the ap- 
propriation was a large uiie, was of opinion that 
110 appropriation was more judicious than those in 
1 utting streets in good order, and that would be a 
means of increasing the taxable value of property. 
He did not believe this appropriation was larger 
comparatively to the territory to be improved than 
was the appropriation of last year. There were 
many streets in bad condition, and he was not sure 
that the appropriation would be large enough for 
their repairs. 

5Ir Parker of Ward 14 said it was but just to re- 
ply to the gentleman from Ward 11, that since last 
year 150 miies of streets had been added to the 
"streets of this city. In reply to questions he 
said the appropriations for streets in Koxbury two 
years prior to annexation was about §50,000 yearly. 
5Ir 5Vells of Ward 3 objected to spending this 
appropriation for laying out streets on Savin Hill. 



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Mr Temple of Ward 16 said there were ac- 
cepte 1 streets there which should be taken care pi", 
but it was not designed to lay out new ones. 

Mr. Wells said if savin Hill should he laid out into 
streets, ¥1,000,000 would not be enough. 

The motion to increase the appropriation was 
lost. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 moved as a proviso that 
no portion of this appropriation for paving shall 
be expended for wood or con rets pavement ex- 
cept by vote of both branches of the City Council. 

The Chair ruled the amendment as not in order, 
for the reasons, before stated, that the Board of 
Aldermen being surveyors of highways, had the 
light to keep the streets in order and to judge 
what kind of pavement might be necessary- The 
question of offering an order to the same effect 
having 'jpen mentioned to him, he had obtained 
the opinion of the City solicitor that it could not 
be entertained. 

Mr. Squiri's appealed from the decision cf the 
Chair. 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 hoped the appeal would be 
withdrawn, the question having been settled in 
another case three years ago. 

Mr. Hal) of Ward'l made the same request that 
the appeal he withdrawn. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 did not like this indirect 
manner of getting rid of the question. It would be 
better to lay this portion of the appropriation over 
and get the 'written opinion of the ( lty Solicitor. 
He did not like this maimer of accepting opinions 
as from the City Solicitor, and moved to strike out 
this portion of the appropriation and lay it over. 

Mr. Poor moved to lay the appeal on' the table, 
which was carried. 

Mr. Bishop moved to lay over this portion of the 
appropriation. 

The Chair stated that this motion would carry 
over all the orders, when it was withdrawn. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved as an amendment 
that it be recommended that no portion of the ap- 
propriation be expended for wood or concrete 
pavement, as was provided in the previously pro- 
posed amendment. 

The Chair ruled that such a recommendation 
would be equally inadmissible, 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 made an inquiry relative to 
the appropriation of $7000 for the repairs of the 
steamboat Henry Morrison. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 10 replied that the Auditor's 
estimates called for $45,000 for a new iron steam- 
boat. That was stricken out r and in the opinion 
of Alderman (.ibson it was believed that the Hen- 
ry Morrison could be put in good repair for about 
$15000. The Committee made the amount $7000, to 
cover all contingencies. 

Mr. smith of ward 10 moved to strike out the a] - 
I>ropriation of $7000 for repairs of the Henry Mor- 
rison, and insert S45,000 for a new boat. 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 opposed the motion, be- 
lieving that an iron boat was not necessarv. and 
that a wooden boat could be bought for half that 
amount. 

Mr. Smith said he did not wish to confine the 
Directors to anyone plan, so that if they choose 
they may build a boat, if the best course. He w as 
opposed to expending any more money on the 
Henry Morrison. Three surveys had been made 
on her — one of which condemned her — which show 
that she is of little value, and one of them, fixing 
upon $10,000 as necessary for repairs was none too 
high. Few persons of experience would be will- 
ing to make the repairs necessary or. the boat, and 
take her as a gift afterwards, He was opposed to 
sinking any more money in the repairs of thi 
boat. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 moved to substitute 
$30,000 for $45,000. 

Mr. Wells did not think $30,000 or $45,000 was 
needed for a new boat; $20,000 or $25,000 would be 
enough for a boat required, which did not call tor 
luxuries in the purpose for which it would be 
used. 

Mr. Smith said it would not be necessary to 
spend the full amount if not required. 

Sir. Brooks of Ward 1 objected to spending any- 
more money on a worthless boat. 

Mr. Wells thought the gentleman had not been 
here long enough to know that if a certain amount 
was appropriated, it would be all expended. 

Mr. Winch accepted $25,000 as an amendment to 
his motion. 

Mr. Poor opposed all amendments, and moved 
the previous question, which was carried. 

Mr. Smith accepted the $25,000, as a modification 
of his motion, and the motion was lost, bv a vote 
of 24 to 28. 



Mr. Ayer of Ward 14 moved to increase the sala- 
ries of Instructors of High and Grammar Schools 
to S(J03,100, as proposed in the Auditor's estimates, 
the increase was called for, he said, by the annex- 
ation of Dorchester. 

Mr. Wells believed the salaries to be enormous, 
and should be cut down. 

Mr. Ayer replied that the School Committee had 
the control of salaries, not dependent on the Coun- 
cil. 

Mr. Poor thought the amount would be suffi- 
cient: if not, the Committee weald find enough 
somewbere to meet them. 

.Mr. Williams of War i 13 called attention to the 
statement of the School Committee, by which it 
wolu dappear that the appropriation would not 
be enough as proposed by the larger sum. 

The motion to ameatt was lost. 

Mr. Seaverns of Ward 14 moved to add $20,000 to 
appropriation for Sewers, for the improvement of 
Stony Brook. 

Mr. Pooryaid the subject was considered in com- 
mittee, and it was believed it would not be wanted 
the present vear. 

Mr. Rogers of Ward 14 also opposed the appro- 
priation the present yeat. 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr, Bishop of Ward 7 wished to know why an 
appropriation was made for deficiency in \V ater 
Works, an institution which should pay for itself. 

It was replied that the water rates were not 
sufficient to pay the annual expenses and interest 
on the works. 

Ml Bishop wished also an explanation of the 
appropriation of $150,000 for widening streets, for 
he did not like to vote on matters in anticipation. 

Mr. Poor replied that the items which might be 
needed could not be specified. 

Mr. Parker ot Ward 14, stated that there was an 
indebtedness of $50,000 on last years widening of 
streets, and requirements would be made for new 
widenings. 

Mr. Bishop believed the whole system to be 
wrong, such as no business man would follow. 

Mr. Smith moved to make the amount $75,000 
instead of $150,000. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12 said he understood that 
under a general appropriation but a majority of 
votes would be necessary to provide for a street 
widening, while under a special appropriation a 
vote of two-thirds would be required. 

The Chair stated such to be the fact, and that if 
the appropriation was cut down, to meet the re- 
quirements for street widening, special loans 
must be made. 

Mr. Wells thought it better to know what the 
expenditures were for, and tnat the whole amount 
should be struck out, and in each case they should 
come to the Council for a loan. 

'the motion to substitute $75,000 for $100,000 was 
lost. 

Mr. Bishop moved to make the amount $100,000, 
which would give $50,000 over the present indebt- 
edness. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 said if the amount was not 
appropriated, it must be borrowed, for which in- 
terest would be paid. If provided Mr ana the Ap- 
propriation bill the amount would be raised by 
taxes. 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Smith moved a postponement of the further 
consideration of the bill for one week, believing 
there was no occasion for hurrying. 

.Mr. Bishop, in reply to Mr. Hall, said it was pos- 
sible by delay to l educe the appropriation so as to 
save the interest on a million of dollars. 

Mr. Poor opposed postponement. 

Mr. Bishop referred to the undecided question on 
paving, as an argument for postponement. 

The motion to postpone was lost. 

Mr. Wells moved a reconsideration of the vote 
on the amendment to the appropriation for the 
Henry Morrison. Lost — 34 to 29. 

Mr. Smith moved that the appropriation for 
Commons and Squares be reduced to $50,000. Lost. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2 made a further inquiry as 
to the charge for water to the Fire Depaitment. 

Mr. Poor stated that the Committee had nothing 
to do with it. The charge was provided for in an 
or dinance. 

Mr. Wells moved to strike out the charge of 
$55,000 to the Fire Department, which he believed 
to be wrong, and which the Chief-Engineer was 
opposed to. 

The Chair stated that the charge was provided 
for in an ordinance passed last year. 

Mr. Bishop said it ought not to have been pro- 



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vtded for in that way, and there was no reason 
why water should not be paid for pro rata by the 
taken. 

Mr. Hall explained that the charge was made in 
other cities, and that it was believed it should be 
paid by the Department. It was necessary in pay- 
ing the expenses and to keepdown the water rates. 

.Mr. Wells further opposed the charge, which 
made the lire Department expenses look large. 

The Chair stated that this item could not be 
struck out, for if the amount was reduced so much, 
the ordinance would require this payment. 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Temple of Ward 10 moved to increase the 
appropriation for Overseers of the Poor $5000; the 
appropriation being less than last year, while a 
larger sum would be required. 

Mr. Poor opposed the amendment, for if there 
should be a small deficiency it can easily be pro- 
vided for by transfer. 

Mr. Bishop remarked upon the facility with 
which a deficiency can be made up, as proposed, 
while the Committee were unwilling to have any 
deductions made. 

The amendment was lost. 

Mr. Williams inquired why the appropriation 
for advertising was so largely decreased. To 
which Mr. Poor replied that it was provided most 
of the departments should pay their advertising 
out of their appropriations. The Treasury and 
Assessor's Department had no advertising account. 

Mr. Wells made objections to some of the items 
of expense for the City Hospital, and moved to 
reduce the appropriation from $100,000 to $80,000. 
Lost. 

Mr. Bishop called attention to the market in- 
come, which he believed could be increased from 
•983,371 to $150,000. The market he styled to be a 
gigantic monopoly, the leases being often sold at 
$5000 and upwards as a bonus. 

Mr. Parker of Ward 14 moved the previous ques- 
tion, which was ordered, 34 yeas to 23 nays, the 
yeas and nays being taken on a motion of Mr. 
Bishop. 

Mr. Bishop moved an adjournment, and the yeas 
and nays on the motion. 

The motions were lost, when the orders were 
passed, with the appropriations as reported by the 
comuiittee, without amendment. 

The first order precedes the specific appropria- 
tions, providing for the appropriations appended 
thereto, with the usual, proviso, that no money 
shall be expended, and no debts be incurred foi 
any object or purpose, for which a specific appro- 
priation is herein made, beyond the amount which 
is so specifically appropriated : provided, however, 
that any sums of money which may be subscribed 
or contributed by individuals to promote the ob- 
jects of any of the foregoing appropriations, and 
which form no part of the estimated income of the 
city, shall be strictly applied, according to the in- 
tention of the contributors, and shall be credised 
to such appropriations accordingly. 

The last order is as follows: 

Ordered, That the sum of eight million six hun- 
dred and thirty-six thousand eight hundred and 
sixty-two dollars be raised on the polls and estates 



taxable in this city, according to law, to pay the 
current expenses of the city of Boston and" the 
county of Suffolk during the financial year which 
will commence with the first day of May, 1870, 
-and end with the last day of April, 1871 ; also the 
tax assessed by the General Court of Massachu- 
setts for the year 1870. 

Auditor's Exhibit. The Auditor's Monthly Ex- 
hibit, April 5, 1870, was presented and sent up. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND HK1EIIRED. 

Ezra Farnsworth and 525 others, against any 
opening of the Public Library on .Sunday, lie'- 
ferred to Committee on the library. 

BEPOBTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Frost of Ward 9, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on the City Hospital, to whom were re- 
ferred the papers relating to the gift of the late 
Jonas Ball, of $1000 to be added to the fund estab- 
lished by Hon. Otis Norcross, the interest of which 
is to be expended in furnishing clothing for desti- 
tute persons discharged from the City Hospital, 
made a report recommending the passage of the 
accompanying order: 

Ordered," That the gift of a thousand dollars to 
the City Hospital by the late Jonas Ball be accept- 
ed, and that the amount be invested in a City of 
Boston six per cent, bond, and deposited in "the 
Auditor's office; and the Auditor is hereby au- 
thorized to collect and pay the interest on said 
bond semi-annually to the President of the Board 
of Trustees of the City Hospital for the time be- 
ing, to be by him expended for the purposes desig- 
nated by the devisor. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward 6, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Public Buildings, who w r ere di- 
rected to consider and report if offices can be fur- 
nished for the City Physician and City Solicitor in 
the basement of the City Hall, made a report that 
all the rooms in the basement are now occupied, 
and there are none which can be furnished for the 
above purposes. Accepted. 

The same committee reported the following or- 
der, which was passed: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to sell at public auction the 
building and land on North Bennet street former- 
ly occupied by Engine Company No. 8; the build- 
ing and land on Purchase street formerly occupied 
by Engine Company No. 7, and the old engine 
houses in the Dorchester district, which are not 
required for further use, the proceeds of said sales 
to be paid into the City Treasury. 

MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of Ward 10, 

Ordered, That a Special Committee of five be ap- 
pointed to investigate and report what means may 
be devised by which Mount Hope Cemetery may be 
made self-sustaining, and to have power to send 
for persons and papers. 

Messrs. Smith of Ward 10. Vannevar of Ward 8, 
Temple of Ward 16, Patch of Ward 11, and Dolan 
of Ward 13 were appointed on the committee. 

Adjourned. 



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Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 11, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock 
Mayor shurtleff presiding. 

JUROKS DRAWN. 

Ten traverse jurors were drawn for the second 
session of the Superior Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special Police Officers, without pay— James Gil- 
fether, for the Old Colony & Newport Railroad 
station; Win. M. Se wall, for the Twelfth Baptist 
church; D. L. Wentworth, for tha Parker street 
District; John Mclver, for the Eastern Avenue 
wharf. 

Weigher of Coal— Stanley C. Burnham. 

Measurer.of Wood and Bark— Stanley C. Burn- 
ham. 

Dimity Ckitf of Police. Alderman Gibson, from 
the Committee on Police, reported in favor of the 
confirmation of the nomination of Captain James 
Quinn as Deputy Chief of Police, and the nomina- 
tion was unanimously confirmed. 

Nomination of Captain of Police. The Mayor 
submitted the 'nomination of Lieut. James W. 
Twombly as Captain of Police. Referred to the 
Committee on Police. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad Corporation, 
for apportionment of Federal street betterment as- 
sessment. Referred to Committee on Streets. 

J. C. Gipson and others, that fruit pedlers be re- 
moved from Court and Green streets. 

F. A. Grose and others, against Henry W. Old- 
ham, a police officer, for violation of police rules, 
severally referred to the Committee on Police. 

John Proctor, for leave to erect a stable for eight 
horses on Bolton aud Dorchester streets. Referred 
to the Committee on Health. 

John W. Lane and others, that certain sidewalks 
be laid on White, Trenton and Putnam streets. 

J.W.Porter and others, that Congress sqnare 
anil Exchange place be pared with wood. 

Edward Lang, Jr., and others, that edgestones 
and sidewalks lie laid on St. James street. 

Atlantic Works, to be paid for damages caused 
by change of grade in Chelsea street. 

Archibald Laing and others, for repairs of side- 
walks, paving of gutters, and crosswalks on South 
street. 

Kelley, Foley & Co., for leave to place a bill- 
board on Treinont street near Boston & Albany 
Railroad bridge. 

O. W. Holmes and others, for a sidewalk on the 
north side of Beacon street, between Dartmouth 
and Exeter streets. 

G. W.Talbot and others, that Newland street, 
between Canton and Upton streets, be paved. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Seth Whittier, for a deed of land purchased by 
him on South Bay, on payment of all instalments 
at once. Referred to the Committee on Public 
La.ids. 

W. H. Moriarty, that applications be made to 
the Legislature "for a portion of the South Boston 
fiats for a common, &c. Referred to the Commit- 
tee on Common, &c. 

George l.unt and others, to be heard in relation 
to the subject of free markets. Referred to the 
Committee on the subject of free markets. 

S. A. Davis, for a hack license within this city. 
Referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Wm. Evans, for a loan from the Franklin Fund. 
Referred to Aldermen Pierce and Jacobs. 

NOTICES OF INTENTIOIT TO BUILD. 

Alden Frink, corner of Hampden and Chadwick 
streets; Casper Schafei, Longwood avenue; Tuttle 
Brothers, Nos. 28 and 32 Appleton street; Geo. D. 
Cox, junction of Bartlett and Dudley streets; W. 
V. Bail, Broadway, between Dorchester and F 
streets; M. S. Dix", 69 Shawmut avenue; James 
Mitchell, cornel of Tremont street and Concord 



square; T. A. Hayes, and 238, 240 Eighth street; 
Stephen Connolly, sixth street, lkar E street ; 
Kenney, Calder & Co., 132 Lsxhigton street, and 
En taw street, between Brooks and Putnam sueets ; 
D.H.Jacobs, 18 Pitts street; Jeremiah stimson, 
71 and 73 Portland street; Henry Bailey, GO Orleans 
street; John D. Finn, Brooks street, between 
Chelsea and Bremen streets; Maurice Leary, 10 
First street; W. M. Rumery, Berkeley street, be- 
tween Cortes and Chiudler streets; Blood & Jud- 
kins, Mount Vernon street, near Federal street 
(Dorchester); W. W. & J. F. Bennett, Havre street; 
John Robbins, 75 Lexington street; F. A. Richard- 
son, 53 Chambers street; John Proctor, Dorchester 
avenue, near Bolton street; N. J. Bradlee, Hanover 
street, between Clark and Harris streets; John R. 
Hall, 24 and 26 Purchase street; Judkins & Ste- 
vens, 183—187 Hanover street; G. W. Pope on 
Summer and High streets. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on streets. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF CHIEF OF POLICE. 

IfeThe quarterly report of the Chief of Police, 
gives the following statistics: 

Arrests, 5241 ; males, 4080; fern lies, lltll ; Ameri- 
cans, 1518: foreigners. 3723; non-residents, 1120; 
minors, 1041, committed, 35S/. Loek-up — com- 
mitted, 2 J JO; miles, 2231; females, 736; foreigners, 
1681; Americans, 1288. 

The principal offerees for which arrests we.e 
made were as follows: assault and battery, 331; 
breaking and entering, 53; common drunkards, 71 ; 
disturbing the i.eace, 157; drunkenness, 2471; dis- 
orderly, wjl ; larceny, 278; felonious larceny, 80; 
manslaughter, 5; malicious mis ■hief, 68; nigh; 
walking, 08; murder, 3; suspicious persons, 321 ; 
suspicion of larceny, 63; robuery, 25; violation of 
ordinances, 0J; vagabonds, 71. 

Tae nationality of criminals was as follows: 

Luited States, 1470; Biicisu Pajviucjs, 101; -Ire- 
land, 3202; England, 147; France, 20; Germany, 05; 
Africa, 72; Italy, 14; Portugal, 2; Sweden, 10; 
Scotland, 40; Spain, 5; China, 1 ; Canaia, 8; Norway, 
1; Prussia, 3; Denmark, 2; Russia, 2. 

Lodgers, 11,302; males, 10,213; females, 1089; 
Americans, 4388; foreigners, 0014; non-residents, 
0597; minors, 1747. Of tnsse there were natives of 
the United States, 4354; British Provinces, 365; 
Ireland. 4839; England, 871; France, 80; Germany, 
141; Africa, 210; Italy, 4; Sweden, 19; Scotland, 
347; Norway, 12; Canada, 21 ; Denmark, 14; Prus- 
sia, 2; Wales, 2; Portugal, 1; Poland, 3; Spain, 2; 
Russia. 2; Belgium, 2. 

Amount of property taken from prisoners and 
lodgers, while in custody, and restored, as per re- 
ceipts, .^14,500 40; amount of property reported as 
stoien, .'121,011; property reported as recovered, 
$43,810 06; amount of tines imposed, .S10.853 80; 
witness fees earned, S2947 02; days spent in Court, 
2277 ; aggregate amount of imprisonment imposed, 
355 years, 1 month; number of despatches sent by 
telegraph, 1042; larcenies in stations, 463; arrests 
in same, 340. 

Miscellaneous — Accidents, 111 ; arrested on war- 
rant, 222 ; bonfires extinguished, 2 ; buildings 
found open and secured, 500; boats challenged, 
645; cases investigated, 060; disturbances, 1830; 
defective iauips, Z951; defective drains, &c, 72; 
do. hydrants, 12; do. water pipes, 24; do. cellar 
doors, 4; do. gas pipes, 2; do. cesspools, 7; do. 
manholes, 4; do. docks, 10; do. water gates, 1; do. 
lire alarms, 4; dogs killed, 3; dead bodies provided 
for, 12; dangerous buildings, 13; extra duty by 
officers, 584; tire alarms given, 80; tires extin- 
guished without alarm, 30; intoxicated persons 
helped home, 384; lost children, 52; rescued from 
drowning, 0; street obstructions moved, 7023 ; 
stray teams put up, 42; small pox cases reported, 
42; vesselo. boarded, 185; water running to waste, 
38; streets and sidewalks reported, 358; do. and 
repaired, 429. 

.Laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

REPORT OF TRUANT OFFICERS. 

The following is a condensed report of eight 
truant officers for the quarter ending 31st ult. : 

Number of cases investigated, 3550; fouud to be 
truants, 142; aggiegate absences by truancy, 541 ; 
complained of as habitual truants, 24; on proba- 
tion, 7; sentenced to the House of Reformation, 17; 
complained of as absentees, 22; on probation, 2; 
sentenced to the House of Reformation, 22; com- 
plained of for offences other than truancv,3; on 
probation, 2; sent to Industrial .school for Uirls, 1. 
Placed on file. 



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A report of tbe ( ommissioners oh the Cambridge 
ami Brcokiine bridge was laid before the Board, 
the* report containing the award of the Commis- 
sion) is. for tbe repairs and future support of said 
bridge. Placed on tile. 

RAILRO VI) LOCATH . 

\ communication was received from the Boston 
& i. owe:] Kailroad Company, covering votes of the 
corporation under tbe act of the Legislature < f 
May 19, iMi'.i, authorizing an ii crease of their ter- 
minal facilities, !-etiiiif>- forth their design to 
increase such facilities by a lo< atiou covering that 
pal t of the tciritoiy described in the act eml raced 
bel \v< en the easterly side of Andover street and 
the easterly side ot .Nashua street, and between 
Causeway street and the lands of this company on 
the northern side of .Minor street, including: said 
Andover street and part of Minot street; also to 
cover such line for a new or widened bridge across 
Charles river, as may be necessary for a conven- 
ient aceess to such new lands. 

The communication was ordered to I e placed on 
tile. 

ItESl'ECT TO THE KTEMOBY OF HON. ALTSON BUR- 
L1NGAME. 

Boston, April 11, 1870. 
To the Vihi Council; 

It having been ascertained that the remains of 
the late Ben. Anson Burhnganie will soon arrive 
in this country for intennent, it becomes my duty 
to call your attention to the fact, that you may 
take such measures as in your judgment may seem 
proper for their reception, and which may be re- 
spectful to the memory of one who has represented 
this city in the high councils of the nation, and 
who, iu consequence of the high estimation in 
which he has been held by a foreign power, has 
been enabled successfully to promote the greatest 
interests of the whole world. 

^ Nath'l B. Shurtleff, 

Mayor. 

On motion of Aldeiman Fierce, 

Ordered, That a committee, consisting of two 
Aldeimen, with such as the Common Council may 
join, he appointed, and empowered, in cooperation 
with His Honor the Mayor, to make such arrange- 
ments for the reception of the remains of the late 
Hon. Anson Burhngame in this country as will 
serve to testify in behalf of the citizens of this 
city their appreciation of the services and respect 
for the memory of the deceased; and that any ex- 
pence attendant upon the same be charged to the 
appropriation for incidental expenses. 

Ordered. That the committee be requested to 
consult with the representatives of the family of 
the deceased, in carrying out the above order. 

The orders were passed, and Aldermen Pierce 
and Jacobs were appointed on the committee. 

REWARD FOR A LOST CHILD. 

Boston, nth April, 1870. 

To the Board oj Aldermen of the City of Boston : 
In consequence of the disappearance of a young 
girl named Nellie E. Burns from the home of her 
parents, No. lti Shawmut street, on the Slst March 
last, and all efforts to find the lost child having 
thus iar proved unsuccessful, 1 hereby recommend 
that a suitable reward be offered by the Board of 
Aldermen for the return of the lost child to her 
parents, or for such information as shall lead to 
her recovery. 

"Nathanifl B. Shurtleff, Mayor. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be author- 
ized to offer a reward of five hundred dollars for 
information which shall lead to the recovery of 
Nellie E. Burns, a young child who strayed or was 
abstracted from her parents' custody at No. 16 
.•Shawmut street, in this city, on the 31st day of 
March last. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on the proposed widening of Wash- 
ington street, between Indiana place and Orange 
street, was taken up. 

Jos. M. Wightman, on behalf of occupants of the 
buildings said the parties wished to protest against 
the proposed widening, for the purpose of protect- 
ing their rights. They believed the widening to he 
unnecessary, and should the expense be incurred 
now, a further expense will be incurred hereafter. 

Thos. W. Seaverns, owner of the building, ap- 
peared also to object to the proposed widening as 
unnecessary, and would subject himself and ten- 
ants to great inconvenience and expense. 

The report was recommitted. 

The proposed construction of a new sewer in 
Eliot and Tremont streets was considered. 



A remonstrance was presented from Edward A. 
White, John Smith and others, who believed a new 
sewer was not required. 

The report was recommitted. 

'Ihe proposed acceptance of Clarendon street, 
between Appleton and Chandler streets, was taken 
up. No persons appearing, the report was recom- 
mitted. 

UNFINISHED IUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Oidered, That there be paid to the heirs of Tim- 
othy Atkins $4300 for land taken and damages oc- 
casioned by the widening of Hanover street, by a 
resolve of October 15, 1869, to be charged to the 
Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Ebenezer John- 
son $1000 for all damages occasioned his estate. 
No. 4 Bear! place, by the laying out, grading and 
extension of said place, by a resolve of July 23, 
18(J9, to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement 
loan. 

Ordered. That there be paid to William Holmes 
$9892 50 for land taken and damages occasioned 
by the widening of Eliot street, by a resolve of 
Dec. 31, 1869, to be charged to the Eliot Street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Win. Doran $9500 
for land taken and all damages occasioned by the 
laying out and grading of Sturgis street, and of 
widening and grading of Hamilton street, by a re- 
solve of July 23, 1809,' to be charged to the Fort 
Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Isaac Adams 
$8457 29, for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Federal street, by a resolve of 
.llii)e6,1868, to be charged to the Federal Street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of Jon- 
athan Patten (J. M. Keith, trustee), $8387 for land 
taken and all damages — including grade damages 
— occasioned by the widening o*' Eliot street, by a 
resolve of December 31, 1869, to be charged to the 
Eliot Street Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, the order to es- 
tablish grades of Washington and a Ijoining 
streets, near Boston & Albany liailroad bridge.was 
laid on the table. 

PAPERS IROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of Ezra Farnsworth and others was 
referred in eoncuirence. 

Ihe order to sell Engine Houses 7 and 8, and 
such houses in Dorchester as will not be required, 
being under consideration, 

Aldeiman Talbot inquired whether one of these 
houses wOuld not be required for use, that which 
was used for the Fire Brigade apparatus. 

Alderman Jenkins said it was understood that 
this house in North Bennett street would be pur- 
chased for the Fire Brigade purposes. The Com- 
mittee could see no other way than to have the 
building sold ly auction. The rent of it would be 
but a nominal sum. The order was passed in con- 
currence. 

Ihe following reports and orders were passed 
in concurrence: 

Order to appropriate $100 additional for Engine 
No. 10. 

Report and order to accept and invest the be- 
quest of Jonas Ball for City Hospital. 

lieport and order that offices for City Physician 
and Citv Solicitor cannot be furnished in the Citv 
Hall. 

The Auditor's monthly exhibit was placed on 
tile. 

The Annual Appropriation bill was laid on the 
table, tempoiarily. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Fi- 
nance, to whom was referred the request of the 
Cochituale Water Board for an additional appro- 
priation of $125,000 for distribution of water in 
Roxbury, with the approval of said request by the 
Joint Standing Committee on Water, made a re- 
port recommending the passage of the accompany- 
ing order: 

Ordered, That ihe Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 



Finance, the sum of $125,000, to be expended by 
the Cochituate AVater Beard in laying pipe9 and 
establishing hydrants in Wards 13, 14 and 15, said 



sum to be added to the appropriation heretofore, 
made for extending the water works in the Boston 
Highlands. 



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Alderman Talbot said he presumed this matter 
was well understood by the Board, and he would 
ask for the passage of this order at this time. The 
sum called for was first put into the Appropriation 
bill, and, being struck out of that bill, it was un- 
derstood that a social loan would be called for. 
The Water Board nad been obliged to discharge 
some of their workmen in the Highland District, 
and it was desirable that the extension of the pipes 
should proceed to its completion. 

The order was read a second time and passed. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Water, to whom was referred the peti- 
tion of the Massachusetts Society for the Preven- 
tion of Cruelty to Animals, for the establishment 
of more public drinking fountains in this city, 
made a report that the Cochituate Water Board 
was authorized by an order passed in 18(58, to es- 
tablish twenty drinking fountains in different por- 
tions of the ciry. Of tliis number the Board has 
already established len, and the others will be es- 
tablished as scon as proper locations can be se- 
cured. 

The accompanying communication from the Wa- 
ter Board gives' the locations of the fountains 
which have already been set up, and states some 
ot the practical difficulties in the way of locating 
the additional hydrants on the principal thorough- 
fares. 

Cochituate Watee Board Office, ) 
April 4, 1870. j 
Alderman Hawes, Chairman ofCommittte on Water: 

Dear Sir — In reply to the request of the Society 
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for ad- 
ditional drinking fountains^ I beg to state that 
during the last year twenty-one drinking fountains 
were purchased by the Water Board, ten of which 
have been erected, as follows: State street, rear of 
Old State House; Dock square, near Faneuil Hall ; 
Merchants row, near Faneuil Hall; Beacon street, 
opposite Public Garden ; Tremont street, opposite 
Clarendon square; Washington street, opposite 
Blackstone square; Haymarket square; fourth 
street, South Boston, near Dover street bridge ; 
North Charles street, near the jail ; Federal street, 
opposite the pipe yard, since removed, as interfer- 
ing with the public travel. 

Besides these, water has been supplied to two 
troughs, each twenty-five feet long, on the Mill- 
dam, for cattle over tne Western aveuue. I in- 
tended to locate one ou Eliot square, at Boston 
Highlands, but have delayed with a view to take 
the granite fountain from Haymarket square for 
this location. Also 1 propose to erect one on Mav- 
erick square, East Boston, and when the water 
pipes are extended, to place another at the junc- 
tion of Saratoga and Addison streets, for the trav- 
el to Winthrop and Point Shirley. 

I have bund ereat difficulty in selecting proper 
locations for these fountains, as it is inconvenient 
and annoying to have teams standing while the 
horses drink on the main streets, and the citizens . 
object to have them iu front of their premises. I 
have therefore been obliged to select locations on 
wide avenues and in front of public square?. 

1 have informed the officers of the "society" of 
these difficulties and requested them to suggest 
locations free from the loregoing objections, which 
they may be able to do. In the mean time, 1 do not 
think it advisable to make any further appropria- 
tion for this purpose, till we have been able to lo- 
cate those we have, of which there are now eleven 
on band. Youis, &c, 

JOS. M. WIGHT3IAJT, 

Chairman Committee. 

The report was accepted. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Water, who were requested to report 
whether some means cannot be devised whereby 
the high charges now made for the use of water 
for dwellings may be in some measure abated, 
made a repoi t that the sections 11 and 12, chapter 
lt>7 of the acts of 1840, require the City Council to 
establish the rates for the use of water, so that 
the income shall pay the interest on the water 
debt and the current expenses of maintaining the 
works. 

It appears from the reports of the Water Board, 
that the rates as fixed by the City Council have not 
heretofi re paid the interest on the water scrip and 
the current expenses. The changes made in the 
rates for moiiel or tenement houses, and the charge 
for H-ater used by the Fire Department in extin- 
guishing tires, authorized by the ordinance which 
went into operation on the 1st of January, 1870 v 



will not give an income more than sufficient to 
met the requirements/)! the statutes; and the com- 
mittee would therefore report that it is inexpedi- 
ent to make any reduction in the present rates for 
dwelling houses. 

The report was accepted. 

Alderman Oibson, from theiCoinmittee on Police, 
who were authorized in consultation with the 
Mayor, to make arrangements for the supply of 
soup at the several police stations or adjacent lo- 
calities, to such residents in this city as were 
known to be in necessitous circumstances, made a 
report that the distribution was begun on the 26th 
Jauuary, and discontinued on the 31st March, 1870. 
The details of the distribution are given in a com- 
munication from Capt. Edward H, Savage, who 
had charge of this matter. 

From the bills returned, it appears that the ap- 
propriation of ^3000 made at the beginning of the 
year has been exceeded, and the committee there- 
fore recommend the passage of the accompanying 
order: 

Ordered, That in addition to the sum of $."000 
appropriated by order of the Board of Aldermen 
and approved by the Mayor, January 18, 1870, lor 
supplying soup ' to such 'residents in this city as 
are known to be in necessitous circumstances," a 
further sum of $2000 be appropriated to defraying 
the expenses incurred for said object— said amount 
to be charged to the appropriation for the police. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Jacobs from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Ordinances, who were requested to con- 
sider whether any amendment is necessary to the 
ordinance in relation to the Fire Department, in 
order to define ihe powers and duties of the Fire 
Insurance Brigade, so called, made a report, as 
follows: 

Ihe present ordinance, prescribing the duties of 
the Fire Engineers, provides, among other things, 
that they shall require and compel assistance from 
all persons, as well members of the Fire Depart- 
ment as others, in removing furniture, goous, or 
other n erchandise from any building ou hre, or in 
danger thereof, and shall appoint stewards to se- 
cure the same. 

The great increase in the number of large ware- 
houses in the city, and the frequent occurrence of 
fires in the upper stories, have rendered this duty 
of protecting goods and merchandise from injury 
by water, a highly important oue. As it is a mat- 
ter in which the insurance companies are the 
most directly interested, the Chief-Engineer re- 
cently conceived the idea of having a special force 
organized under his direction, but paid by the 
insurance companies, and supplied with the prop- 
er apparatus for performing this duty. 

The suggestion was promptly adopted and a 
company consisting of eight men was appointed 
and organized by the Chief Engineer, under the 
provisions of the present ordinance. 

The immediate control ot the Fire Insurance 
Brigade, as it is called, is placed in the hands of 
one of the Assistant Engineers of the regular de- 
l*rtmeut, who is paid in part by the insurance 
companies for special services in protecting; prop- 
erty at fires. 

Although this engineer is detailed for this special 
duty, and occupies a somewhat different position 
from the other engineers appointed by the City 
Council, the extra services which he performs in 
attending all fires, and in protecting property atter 
the fires have been subdued, more than compen- 
sate for any neglect of his regular duty while the 
other engineers are present. 

The members of this special organization may be, 
and they frequently are called upon by the engi- 
neers to perform duty on the hose or on the ladders. 
They have the same authority, and no more, than 
any citizen has, who is present at a fire and is 
ordered by an engineer to give assistance. In 
order that they may be recognized, they are fur- 
nished with a fire hat, which admits them within 
the lines. Their regular duties are not confined 
merely to protecting property that is insured. 
They attend all fires, and use the same energy in 
protecting the property of the city, and of any 
private individual which is uninsured, that they 
do in protecting the property insured by the com- 
panies which pay them. 

it should be understood that this service, which 
would otherwise devolve upon the regular depart- 
ment, is paid for bj a few local insurance compa- 
nies, and that the branches of the foreign offices 



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located here do Dot contribute anything towards 
defraying the expe we. 

It does not appear that the duties of the special 
force interfere in any way with the duties of th ■• 
regular department, but that, on tiie contrary, the 
efficiency of the department is greatly promtedo 
therein , and the Committee arc ot opinion that no 
amendment of the present i rdinance is needed to 
define its duties. 

The report was accepted. 

ACID AND INVALID POLICEMEN. 
Alderman Jacobs, from the Committee on Or- 
dinances, to whom was referred the order that all 
lees received liy public officers as witnesses be 
paid over to the clerk of Police, and placed by him 
to the credit of a fund for the relief of aged and 
invalid policemen, who have performed honorable 
service, submitted the following report: 

It is provided by the present ordinance on police, 
that the members of the department shall account 
to the City Treasurer tor all fees received as wit- 
nesses on complaints or prosecutions, and in eases 
in which the city is a party; but when summoned 
and in attendance as witnesses for the govern- 
ment in the county of Suffolk, before the grand 
jury, or in the, .Superior Court for the transaction 
of criminal business, they may, when off duty, re- 
ceive for their own use, and without accounting to 
the City Treasurer therefor, one attendance fee a 
day, and no more. 

I he sum paid into the City Treasury, under this 
ordinance, for the financial year 1807-68, amounted 
to $6254 44; in 1808-69, to $5615 90. 

In most of the large cities some provision is 
made for the relief of police officers who have be- 
come disabled by reason of sickness or old age. In 
this country, where the Government has no settled 
policy in regard to the civil service, the relief is af- 
forded generally from funds established by the 
payment of a certain percentage of the salaries of 
those who may become entitled to its benefits, or 
by the collection of certain fines and fees. In Eu- 
ropean cities the organization of the police service 
partakes more of the character cf the military ser- 
vice, the members being placed on the retired list 
after a certain number of years of honorable ser- 
vice. The pay allowed to members of the force is 
not sufficient for thost- who have families to make 
provision for a long sickness, contracted, perhaps, 
in the discharge of their duty, or for extreme old 
age; and this uncertainty in regard to the future 
is calculated to make them less energetic and 
cheerful in the performance of duty. Indeed it 
would seem almost impossible to mantaiu a well- 
disciplined and thoroughly efficient organization 
without some such provision. 

The matter has been discussed many times be- 
fore, and has always been regarded favorably ; but, 
from various causes, it has never before been put 
into proper shape for the action of the Govern- 
ment. 

In a few years the income from the fund com- 
posed of these witness fees will amount to a sum 
sufficient to meet the most pressing demands of 
those in necessitous circumstances; and undcuht* 
edly when the fund is once established there will 
be additions to it from various other sources. 

The Committee have prepared the accompanying 
ordinance, which has received the approval of the 
City Solicitor, and they would respectfully recom- 
mend its passage. 

The ordinance was read once. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of petition of Warren 
Street Chapel Association to hold a festival at the 
3Iusic Hall, May 4. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter reported seven licenses to 
seven newsboys, and two boys as bootblacks ; also to 
sundry persons for wagon stands, wagon licenses, 
to keep an intelligence office, as a pawnbroker, as 
auctioneer, and for transfer of an intelligence office 
license. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on 
Steam Engines, reported in favor of granting the 
petition of Calif & Son, for leave to erect a steam 
planing mill on Parkman wharf, west of Charles 
street. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, on petition for abatement of a dance hall in 
North liussell street, reported reference to Com- 
mittee on Licenses. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson reported in favor of release of 
Maurice Lomasney as a bondsman of John C. Rob- 
inson, other bondsmen having been secured. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported leave to withdraw o/i the petition 



of Charles Richardson and others against the 
removal of any buildings upon Core avenue; no 
action necessary on petit ion t a grade of Etampden 

and Chad wick 'streets, Hampden Street having 
been paved in 1809; reference to Committee on 
Sewers on petition of Joseph Nickerson and others 
that Providence street from Church street to 
Berkeley street be graded and put in order and 
sewer relaid. severally accepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported that the petition of John Kelley, 
for leave to sprinkle certain streets in this eity, be 
granted. Accep'ed. 

The same committee reported on the petition of 
Nathaniel C. Nash and others, for relief from the 
establishment of a hospital in Burroughs pi u e, 
that as the premises alluded to in said petition are 
not at this time occupied for hospital purposes, 
further action by this Board be indefinitely post- 
poned. Accepted. 

'Ihe same committee reported in favor of the 
erection ot stables by Win. Smith on Poplar street, 
G. VV. Moseley on Brookline and Albany streets, 
and of N. Ward & Co. on Parker and Ward streets. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Tope, from the Committee on .Sewers, 
reported leave to withdraw on the petition of Ann 
J. Blanchard for postponement of collection of 
sewer assessment on Bartlett street; also on peti- 
tion of George Packer for abatement of assessment 
for a sewer in Tremont street (hoxbury). Several- 
ly accepted. 

Alderman Pratt, from the Committee on Lamps, 
reported that leave be granted tn John Quinn to 
erect a private lamp at Ao. 151 Sumner street. Ac- 
cepte •'.. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Laying 
Out and Widening Streets, reported leave to with- 
draw on the petition of \V m. S. Robinson that Wil- 
liams street be extended through Williams place 
to Madison square; of Joseph W. Tucker and 
others for acceptance of a passage-way leading 
from Norfolk street to Millmont street; A. Hyerson 
and others for the widening of Washington* street 
at the corner of Ball street; of George Lewis and 
others that Tremont street be widened near the 
Providence Kailroad tracks ; and of Andrew Emer- 
son and others to have Lenox street widened. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot also reported no action neces- 
sary on sundry notices of intention to build. Ac- 
cepted. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT — WARD 16. 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee on Fire 
Department, made a report on the condition of the 
Department in Ward 16, in which they state that 
by the terms of annexation the Department as then 
organized became a part of the Fire Department 
of this city until otherwise ordered. 

This Department consisted of a Chief aud five 
Assistant Engineers, and 104 members, divided 
into eight companies, as follows: Six steam fire 
engines, two hook and ladder carriages and two 
hose carriages, with seventeen horses, thoroughly 
equipped for service ; the locations are desirable 
and eligible for lire duty, the same as occupied I y 
hand engines for twenty-seven years, and the en- 
gine-houses are well-built, with all accommoda- 
tions and facilities for duly. 

The Committee are, however, of opinion that the 
amount of apparatus may be reduced, and report 
an order for disbanding Engine Companies Nos. 17 
and 19, and that Nos. 16, 18, 20 and 21 be co chang- 
ed as to consist of two permanent men to be at- 
tached to each company as engineer and driver, 
and eight hosemen; aurt that Hook and Ladder 
Companies Nos, 6 and 7 be so changed as to con- 
sist of nine men each, one to be permanently 
driver of each carriage and one as fireman. 

Alderman Hawes made a statement of the cost 
of the Fire Department in different sections of the 
city, by comparison of population and valuation, 
as 'follows: 

Citv Proper, per year, 3102,539 56, with a popula- 
tion "of 136,893, and a valuation of $474,303,350, 
making the cost equal to 75 cents to each inhabi- 
tant. 

East Boston, cost per year, $33,146 17, with a 
population of 23,457, valuation of $12,686,800, equal 
to $1 41 to each inhabitant. 

South Boston, per year, $37,252 71, population 
40,046, valuation $21,983,350, equal to 93 cents per 
inhabitant. 

Hoxbury, per year, $49,249 89; population 34,991; 
valuation $40,538,100; equal to $1 41 to each inhab- 
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Dorchester, per year, i $17,000; population 12,000; 
valuation, $20,315,700; equal to $1 41 to each in- 
habitant. 

This order and two others were read once and laid 
over. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in Cen- 
tre street, from Highland street to Highland ave- 
nue, and in Highland avenue. Hearing Monday, 
April IS, i P. M. 

On the proposed laying out of Clarendon stre«t, 
between (handler street and Columbus avenue. 
Hearing .Monday, A| ril 25, 4 P. M. 

On riic petition of Caspar Schafer, for leave to 
erect a stable on Longwood avenue; of G. VV. 
Hobbs & Co., for a stable rear 80 Conant street, 
and of John Proctor, for a stable corner of Bolton 
and D irchester streets. Hearing Monday, April 
18,4 P.M. 

OBDEKS PASSED. 

Alderman Talbot, in support of a resolve and 
order that Clarendon street be laid out and ac- 
cepted between Appleton street and Chandler 
Street, stated that the street was in bad condition, 
and that there was now a pond of water in it. 
There, was a good class of dwellings there, and 
would be more with the street in good condition. 
The cost of grading, cess-pools, &c , will be $0800. 

Tbe resolve and order were passed. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Besot ced, That the safety and convenience of the 
inhabitants of the city require that Washing-tun 
street should be widened between Indium place 
and Orange street, by taking hind of Thomas VV r . 
Seaverns, containing 246 square feet, and land of 
Boston A Albany Railroad Company containing 
255 square feet, at an expense of S8500. 

In support of this order Alderman Talbot stated 
that the Boston & Albany Railroad corporation 
would be unable to act until it is decided that this 
widening shall take place. If widened now, they 
are ready to maintain an iron bridge to the re- 
quired width of the street, of sixty feet,, but if not 
done now, the city will be subjected to a great ex- 
pense hereafter when such widening must take 
place. The corpoiation in the change of grade 
which has been made for their convenience incurs 
an expense of S250,000 for the dam-ages which will 
Vic sustained. 

Alderman Cowdin wished to know whether the 
corporation had given satisfactory bonds for the 
payment of the damages which may be incurred 
by raising the grade of streets, and he wished fur- 
tber to know whether in the settlement of damages 
to abutters, the abutters were to look to the city 
or to the railroad corporation. It was desirable to 
know whether as in the case of the Harrison ave- 
nue abutters, they were to be turned over to some 
sharp third party', who would rob the people of 
their just rights, or whether the corporation would 
make the settlement. He believed that the Harri- 
son avenue abutters were treated outrageously. 

Alderman Talbot stated that the bond was al- 
ready made out, and the corporation is ready to 
comply with its conditions. They had not asked 
the corporation in what manner they proposed to 
pay abutters. Every person was at liberty to bring 
a suit, if not satislie'd with their terms of settle- 
ment. It is well known that gentlemen are not 
modest in their demands for the settlement of 
damages, and in their claims against the ciiy they 
generally jret all they are entitled to.. Iu the deal- 
ings of Mr. Lincoln, the Vice-President of the 
road, with the Board of Aldermen, he has always 
been disposed to act fairly, and it was not for the 
Board to dictate the terms of settlement. There 
was a necessity for a change of grade to ailow the 
new cars to pass under the bridge. 

Alderinau Cowdin said he did not wish to cast 
any reflections on Mr. Lincoln, who he did not 
doubt would do justice to every owner of real 
estate. His objection was to turning the settle- 
ment of these claims to a third party, whose heart 
was very hard. It they settled these matters them- 
selves, it would be very well. 

Alderman Talbot said that in regard to the gen- 
tleman alluded to as having no heart, he had 
found him so fair that it would not take live min- 
utes to settle a claim, and he believed he would 
not injure anyl-.ody. 

The resolve and order were passed. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Resolved, That the safety and convenience of the 
inhabitants of the city require that Summer street 
should be widened on its northeasterly side, be- 



tween High and Federal streets, by taking land of 
John C. Haynes, containing 684 square feet, at an 
expense of $10,260. 

Alderman Talbot stated that in this case prepa- 
rations were going on for building substantial 
stores, and that while the widening of the street 
bevond to Federal street must at some time be done, 
it is not contemplated to do it at present. If this 
is not done now, it will be much more expensive 
hereafter. 

The resolve was passed. 

Alderman Gibson submitted an order to fix the 
salaty of the Superintendent of the East Bostou 
Ferrv at .f aooo. 

To'au inquiry of Alderman Talbot whether the 
salary was not'high, Alderman Gibson replied that 
the duties would be very responsible, with a lia- 
bility of being called up at all times in the night 
as well as bping on duty during the day. 

Alderman Conner said this was the era of econo- 
my and on his motion the order was laid over. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Paving inquire 
whether any and what measures may be adopted 
to relieve the northerly parts of Washington and 
Tremont streets from the great number of railway 
cars which now pass through them, to the great 
inconvenience ol the general public travel. 

Alderman Carpenter staled that some measures 
were necessary to relieve Washington and Tre- 
mont streets from their crowded condition during 
the busiest portion of the day, and he supposed it 
was for that purpose, in part, that the track was 
laid through Temple place. 

Alderman Talbot said, that when the subject was 
before the Board last year, the officers of the 
Metropolitan Kailroad Company promised as 
strongly as thev could, that many of their cars 
would pass through Temple place during the mid- 
dle of the day. It was difficult to prescribe the 
number which which they should send over that 
route. The Board could control the matter by tak- 
ing up the track, but that would be as great an in- 
jury to the public as to the railroad corporations. 

Alderman Gibson made an inquiry as to the num- 
ber of (Jars which made the round trip through 
CornhiU. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that the Metropoli- 
tan Kailroad Company would be satisfied with 
twenty-two cars, but when they lessened their 
number the South Boston cars were increased to 
thirty-four, which kept the street in a crowded 
condition. The South Boston cars tried passing 
through Temple place for awhile, but backed out 
of it, preferring to take the route which gave them 
the most money. The Board had a right to regu- 
late the use of the streets, and some measure 
should be adopted, but he had no idea of taking up 
the track of the Metropolitan Company. 

Alderman Gibson inquired if the South Boston 
company run more cars than were necessary for 
the public accommodation. 

Alderman Carpenter replied that he thought not. 

Alderman Cowdin concurred in the remarks that 
something should be done to prevent the blocking 
of the streets, during business hours. The ques- 
tion was what shall lie done, and the order author- 
ized the Committee to consider the matter. - 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Faueuil 
Hall Market be authorized, under the direction of 
the Committee on Markets, to hire an additional 
night watchman for Faneuil Hall Market, at a rate 
of compensation not exceeding three dollars per 
night. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That so much of the territory recently 
annexed to this city by the change of the boundary 
line between this city and West Koxbury (as re- 
cited in the act passed April 2, 1870), as lies south 
of Columbia street, be added to Ward l(i, and so 
much as lies north of Columbia street be added to 

wai-d 14. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the sum of $28 99 assessed upon 
Wm. H. Hart for a sewer in Sixth street be abated, 
and the same amout assessed upon Robert McCue. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Yarmouth 
street, and report a schedule of the expense there- 
of to this Board, pursuant to law. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Eustis 
street, between Orchard and Adams streets, and 
report a schedule of the expense to this Board. 

Orders were passed for the collection of assess 
ments for sewers in certain streets specified. 



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Ordered, That. all sums collected under the as- 
sessments this day levied for sewers in ColumLiue 
avenue, Dartmouth, Chandler, Appleton, Holyoke, 
Canton, Newton, hutland, Concord, Worc< ster aim 
Springfield streets be paid to the Water Power 
Company, in accordance with an agreement be- 
tween the city and >:: i< I ( orporation, dated Octoler 
LTi, 1 sc.".) ; and the < ity Treasurer is hereby directed 
to pay over from time to time any amounts so col- 
lected to the Treasurer ot tin Water 1'ower Co. 

On motion < f Alderman Caij enter. 

Ordered, That the Chief of rolice be directed to 
notify Daniel Murphy, owner of estate .No. 223 
Havre street, to remove within ten days the step 
recent!} placed in the sidewalk in front of said 
i st;i e, and if said (ten is not removed within the 
tune above specified, the Mipenntci dent of .streets 
is hereby directed to remove the s;,me, at the ex- 
pense el said owner. 

Ordeied; 1 bat the Chief of Police Le diiected to 
notify the owners and abutters omCbdndfer street, 
between Beikeley street and Columbi.s avenue, to 
furnish edgtfjtci.es to support the sidewalk and to 
lay their sidewalks with oritk, within twenty days. 

Ordered, lhat the Chiet of J'olke 1 e oiieeted to 
notify the owners and abutters on Norfolk avenue, 
between Hampden and Magazine streets, to fur- 
nish new edgestcr.es to support the sidewalks, 
and to lay their sidewalks with brick Within twen- 
ty days. 

Ordered, That rtae Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Tremont street, 
between Parker and Pynchon streets, and on 
Pynchon street, between Tremont and Cedar 
streets, to furnish edgestones to support the side- 
walks, and to lay their sidewalks with brick within 
twenty days. 

On motion of Alderman Biamaii, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Health be 
and he is hereby instructed to came a drain to be 
built id Tudor street, between B and C streets, and 
the expense thereof to be charged to Appropria- 
tion for Health. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Health be 
directed, until otherwise ordered, to enforce the 
provisions of section 54 of the Health Ordinance, 
and for that purpose that he he directed 1 to issue 
annually a limited number of licenses to such per- 
sons as the Committee on Health shall approve, to 
remove grease, bones, and refuse substances (ex- 
cept house offal) frcm cellars, stores and houses in 
the city, upon such terms and conditions as the 
Committee on Health shall deem necessary, pro- 
vided the fee to be paid for any such license shall 
not exceed one dollar. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 
Public Lands be directed te sell at public auction 
the strip of land belonging to the city on Fruit 
and JSorth Grove streets upon such terms 
and under such restrictions as in their judgment 
shall be for the best interests of the city. 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee en 
Public Lands be authorized to sell the strip of 
flats, containing 3475 square feet, lying east of Al- 
bany street and adjoining the proposed widening 
of Dover street bridge, to Joseph F. Paul, upon the 
usual terms of sale and under such restrictions as 
the City Solicitor shall deem advisable to protect 
the interests of the city. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That the Board establish the grade of 
Dartmouth street, between St. James's avenue and 
the bridge over the Boston & Albany and Boston 
& Providence Kailroads, as show n on a plait and 
profile drawn by the City Surveyor, dated March 
2f , 1870, and deposited in the office of said City 
Surveyor. 

Ordered, That there be paid to George Abbott 
$141 11 for loss of rent upon his house, 120 Pleasant 
street, during the moving of the same consequent 
upon the widening of Shawmut street, by resolve 
of Sept. 25, 18C8, to be charged to appropriation for 
laying out and widening streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid John B. Hall $ 175 for 
services as architect in superintendence of the 
removal of houses of Messrs. Paul and Abbott, 
consequent upon the widening of shawmut street, 
to be charged to the appropriation for laying out 
and widening streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Freeborn F. Ba y 
mond and Isaac Brewster, trustees, $ 19,000 for land, 
taken ami all damages occasioned by the widening 
of Hanover street, oy a resolve of October 15, I860, 
to be charged to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 



AVr-UOPHJATION BILL. 

The annual Appropriation bill was taken op for 
consideration, and the several item- were read. 

Alderman Pratt moved to amend the appropria- 
tion for the Lamp Department, by substituting for 
the sum fixed by the committee — (325,000 — the 
original estimate, £354,200, and in support of the 
motion, he addressed the Board as follows: 

I regret that the Committee on Estimates before 
cutting down the appropriation for the Lamp De- 
partment had not made an effort to ascertain the 
wants of the department by consultation with 
parties who could have furnished them with proper 
information and reason for the veiy moderately 
increased amount which the committee asked to 
conduct the business of the department for the 
ensuing year. 

A reference to the proper documents would have 
shown the cominifee that the amount asked for 
1870-71 ex.ceeds by §25,000 only the amount esti- 
mated for the * conduct of the department 
previous to the annexation of Koxbuiy 
and Dorchester. With the largely increased 
expenses which the addition of this territory ne- 
cessitates, the committee deemed the estimate to 
be moderate, and after a mature consideration and 
a careful revision the committee are of the opinion 
that it will be impossible to carry the departments 
through the financial year at less than the amount 
asked for. 

in making this estimate the Committee are fully 
impressed with the importance of being guided 
by a rigid economy, and are aware of the re- 
sponsibility which rests upcu them in crm- 
mon with other members of the Govern- 
ment to meet the demands of the citizens 
for a reduction of the rate of taxation to the low- 
est possible limit; but in doing this they are not 
willing- for a temporary approval to delude the 
public with a favorable array of figures at the com- 
mencement of the year, when by any process of 
figures they know that the final result will ex- 
plode the fallacy by unfairly and unjustly leaving 
their successors* to bear the burden of an addi- 
tional loan for the conduct of the Department for 
the last quarter of the year. 

The committee feel strerg in this position, from 
the fact that for three years it has been the partic- 
ular study of this department to see in what direc- 
tion retrenchment could be made; and with the 
exception of a slight fall in material, they cannot 
hope to make a reduction in any direction and 
maintain the efficiency of the department. 

An examination of the records would have shown 
the Committee on Estimates that under the vigor- 
ous and searching and successful administration 
of Aldennan Jaivis D. Braman, seconded Iythe 
valuable cooperation of the SuperintendeLt, re- 
trenchments were made which we think it sate to 
say are without a parallel in any other department 
of the Government. 

In the item of oil, from .ft 25,000 to $30,000 was 
saved; reduction of burners from 5 to 4 feet, 207, 
£30,060; and in minor items to a considerable 
amount. I will not detain the Board by repeating, 
but so thoroughly was the Department reorgan- 
ized and economized, that for the present year the 
Committee tail to see in any direction an opportu- 
nito to reduce the amount' asked for by the au- 
ditor. 

With no expectation of reversing the action of 
the City Council, 1 still feel it my duty to move 
that the amount requested by the Superintend- 
ent be substituted for the amount voted by the 
Council, that should my successors be under the 
necessity of calling for a loan to conduct the busi- 
ness of the Lamp Department for the last quarter 
of the year, no blame should attach to this Com- 
mitte for an apparent want of foresight as to the 
needs of the Department. 

Alderman Talbot trusted the appropriations as 
they came from the other branch would be con- 
curred in, for they were as large today as the citi- 
zens could bear. With all the misgivings of his 
friend, he trusted the question would not again be 
opened, but that he would endeavor to make the 
amount answer which had been allowed to his de- 
partment; and he believed it would, if the gentle- 
man continued to bestow the caie and forethought 
which had heretofore characterized him. 

The motion to amend was lost. 

Alderman Connor could not see how the appro- 
priation for the police would be sufficient, with 
the imperative demands for an increase of the 
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Alderman Gibson trusted that some way would 
turn up by which the demand would be met, even 
with a small increase of the force in that Alder- 
man's section. 

Alderman Connor called attention to the appro- 
priation for salaries of Instructors of High and 
Grammar Schools, which was §18,300 less than 
last year, without making an allowance for an in- 
crease of children. It was possible that they 
might patch up a little by a resort to the Keserved 
Fund. 

Alderman Talbot stated that it appeared there 
were many schools with not more tha twenty or 
twenty-live children, and the number of 'the 
schools might be reduced. Under such circum- 
stances it would be the duty of the School Com- 
mittee to look, over the matter and see if there 
were some schools that were not necessary. Then 
it appeared also that there was some extravagance 
in ttie closing hours of the town of Dorchester, in 
voting salaries to the same rate with the salaries 
oi this city, in some cases giving the same salary, 
with but one assistant, which is given to a teacher 
with twenty or thirty assistants. 

It was true that the School Committee had the 
control of the salaries, and might vote as they see 
tit, yet he hoped they would consider it their duty 
to cooperate in introducing economical expendi- 
ture. He hoped there would be no conflict, but 
that the Committee would conduct their depart- 
ment with economy and with fairness to all parts 
of the city. 

Alderman Connor said the views of the Alder- 
man without doubt were good. The class of schools 
to which he alluded were very likely in such a dis- 
trict as Fort Hill, where the population are moving 
away.and sometimes there will be a reduced num- 
ber of scholars. But it should be remembered that 
the children do not decrease, and if there are a less 
number in some sections, there will be an increas- 
ed number in other sections. The contracts witli 
the teachers must hold good in any event, and we 
were obliged to take the contracts with the teach- 
ers of Dorchester to the end of Hie school year. 
He could not see any other course, and it not" pro- 
vided for by appropriation, the amount required 
must be taken from some other meaus. He would 
nut, however, press an amendment. 

Alderman Carpenter said he must say a word on 
the subject of paving. The committee' must have 
fixed the appropriations tor paving at $1,000,000, 
not in accordance with any estimates, but ?s the 
amount asked for was 11,700,000, the sum rei. or ;ed 
must have been reached by simply making it the 
round sum of a million, without reference to the 
needs of tne department. He had asked the chair- 
man of the Board, and the members of the Paving 
Committee who belonged to the Committee on 
Appropriations, and could get no satisfactory solu- 
tions of the matter. He could not see how the 
fact could have been lost sight of that a large 
number of streets had been accepted, which had 
not been put in order, although it was customary 
to say in the laying out of streets that it was at 
no expense. In fact, the expense commences on 
the acceptance of the streets. There was no less 
than §2,000,000 due by implied contracts with the 
citizens in the acceptance of new streets. The 
business has been piled up in the street depart- 
ment for years, to such an extent that the Com- 
mittee on Paving are troubled to know how to 
meet the demands upon them. 
• In the claims now to be provided for, there is the 
amount of §450,000 on streets accepted previous to 
1869, but not yet put in order. It is easy to show 
how *1 ,000,000 can be disposed of, but still there 
will be a large liabilitv to be provided for. The 
original estimates were for §1,900,000, but these 
were cut down §180,000. If the appropriation is to 
remain as it is, the committee would like to know 
how to spend it. There is a large class of citiz .'ns 
living in accepted streets and occupying valuable 
dwellings who hold the committee Yo the obliga- 
tion of putting their streets in order, in justice 
to this class of citizens, the hands of the commit- 
tee should not be tied. He could not see how for- 
ty per cent, cf the appropriation could' be cut off, 
and while he would not offer an amendment, 
should the improvements of streets fail which were 
required, the committee could not feel that they 
were responsible for the failure. 

Alderman Pierce said he was in great trouble in 
regard to the appropriations for public institu- 
tions. An appropriation was asked for to provide 
an iron .-tea in boat, but this had been cut down to 
§7000 for the repairs of the Henry Morrison. He 
had been assured, on good authority, that a survey 
had been made upon the boat, and that it was 



judged to be inexpedient to repair her. He was 
also assured that the mate to her .was sold ten years 
ago worn out; that they were originally designed 
for propellers, but were widened out and were not 
well arranged. The boat has been running fifteen or 
sixteen years; is inadequate to the duties to be 
performed ; is unsafe, and that, in a recent trip to 
Galloupe's Island, it was found dangerous to make 
the trip ; and that a small pox patient was obliged 
to be left at Deer Island without proper shelter, 
and died in consequence of the exposure. An- 
other class of persons, equally reliable, assured 
him that the Henry Morrison might be repaired to 
last forty years. He was, therefore, in a g.eat 
dilemma how to act. 

Alderman Cowd'm regretted that the gentleman 
had been misinformed m regard to the Henry Mor- 
rison. Did not believe that she was built for a pro- 
peller; and so far as danger was concerned, he rec- 
ollected being on board of her soon after she was 
purchased, wr.en she got aground and was obligeit 
to lie over night. That was, however, on account 
of a fog, and such a fog might have, occurred in 
the case mentioned of the small-pox patient. He 
believed she was capable of being repaired, and 
would answer for all the purposes required of her. 
If a boat was needed for pleasure piu poses, it was 
easy enough to hire the Kose standish or some 
other bolt. 

Alderman Gibson believed the Alderman had 
been misinformed, it was not true that the Henry 
Morrison was fcuilt for a propeller. He was famil- 
iar with the lact of the building of the boats, and 
knew the twin boat which was referred to. 

Alderman Pratt said he had some information 
on the subject, which he believed to be reliable. 
The steamer Henry Morrison was built in New York 
in 1854, sixteen years ago the present season. She 
was designed for a propeller ; the subsequent ma- 
terial addition of upper deck and guarus, which 
was not originally contemplated, accounts for the 
boat being so very crank as to be exceedingly un- 
comfortable if not unsafe. When carrying any. 
considerable number of passengers, she was at ways 
troublesome and difficult to manage when en- 
countering a strong side wind or cross sea, of it- 
self an almost insuperable objection to any boat 
used for the conveyance of passengers. 

The Henry Morrison draws six and a hall feet of 
water, being one or two feet more than a side- 
wh-:el boat of the same size designed for such 
would probably draw. This great draught of water is 
of itself a serious objection for a boat used to con- 
vey passengers from the city to Deer Island by the 
regular channel when the water is very shoal. 

J t would hardly be asserted by any competent 
authority that the Henry Morrison, even if stanch 
and stroog, would be considered entirely safe, 
should she be overtaken in the bay, with a large 
party on board, by oi,e of those' heavy squalls 
which occasionally occur with very little warning; 
from the fact that the bottom of the hull is round, 
with very little floor, and never designed to carry 
the weight above which has been put upou it. 
. 1 will detain the Board a moment to glance at 
the present condition of the boat. In August, 
18G9, the Government Inspectors of Steamboats 
notified the Boa.d of Directors of Public Institu- 
tions that they should not renew the required cer- 
tilicarte after the expiration of the present year, 
which extends to July, 1870 — a rather emphatic in- 
timation that they did not consider it safe to run 
the boat in its present condition, at least, any 
longer than that time. 

This notice of the Commissioners, which was 
simply an act of courtesy, gives the City Govern- 
ment time to decide what action to take, whether 
to repair or rebuild the old boat, to build a new 
steamer, or purchase one already built. 

In October last the Morrison was taken upon the 
Marine Railway of Mr. DauT D. Kelly of East 
Boston, that an examination of the bottom might 
be made. 

So far as seen, the outside of the hull and the 
frame timbers, where exposed, were found to be in 
very good condition, but the guards and all the 
top works showed unmistakable signs of decay, 
including the forward deck. 

Mr. Kelly, at the request of a Committee of 
the Board, made an examination of the boat 
and reported an estimate of §10,271 to rebuild and 
make her good for several years to come, as he 
thought, but in the estimate he intended only the 
repairs he sees are needed, and makes no allow- 
ance for the latent defects that could only be dis- 
covered when the general tearing away is done. 

It is proposed to partially jremedy the crankness 
to contract the width of the guards, which will of 



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course to that extent diminish the deck room, 
which is quite limited already. 

This plan of Mr. ttelley's was objected to by 
some members of the Board of Directors for sev- 
eraJ reasons. 

First,- That bi6 estimate, with the probable cost 
of hiring a boat to run to Deer island during the 
repairs, would be likely to reach $15,000, at J east, 
vvhjcb would be more than the boat would be worth 
when the repairs were completed, 

Second, There was an objection on the part of* 
one or two members to expending :i dollar for re- 
pairs, thinking ir I est fo* th • city, to sell the "Mor- 
rison and purchase oi l.uild another boat. 

As some members expressed a desire to obtain 
further information on the uofe^ect, it was voted 
Ui.-.t a commission to consist u£ three competent 
persons be appointed to investigate the whole 
matter and report to the Board, this commission 
wa« accordingly appointed, and i onsislcd oi the 
fallowing named gentlemen: Ezra H. Baker, for- 
merly a shipmaster, and now a wc! known mer- 
chant; Kufiis Cushmau, a ship builder pf tast 
Boston and considered a tirst-ciass mechanic; and 
Louis (isborn, a machinist also of East Boston, the 
latter having usually made all needed repairs upon 
the engine of the Morrison. 

These gentlemen made the. necessary examina- 
tion of the bull and engine, and in due time made 
a report which was unanimous, and adverse to un- 
dertaking to make any repairs, on the ground that 
the boat would not be worth, in their opinion, the 
amount expended when completed. 

'this report was. submitted to the Board, but 
failed to convince some of the members. 

The President was then instructed to obtain the 
opinion of the .steamboat Inspectors, as to what re- 
pairs would be necessaiy to enable them to give a 
new certificate. 

The Inspectors subsequently reported that if cer- 
tain repairs were made they thought tne boat 
would do good service . for seme years more, and 
their estimate of the probable cost'of repairs stip- 
ulated was .*5000 — but in this they make no account 
of the cost of taking out and putting in the ma- 
chinery, etc., etc.; and of course make no mention 
of the cost to the city of hiring another boat to 
take the place of the Morrison during repairs. 

This report. was. placed before the Board, and 
some discussion followed; the result of which was 
that it was voted — 7 to 3— as the opinion of the 
Board that the use of the Henry Morrison be dis- 
pensed with at the expiration of the present cer- 
tificate, and that the President of the Board ae re- 
quested to ask for $30,000 in the appropriation bill 
lor the purchase of another boat. 

In accordance with this vote, as a reasonable [re- 
quest ami in pursuance of what I consider to be, 
under the circumstances, an imperative duty, and 
for the reasons which bave been given that the 
Henry Morrison is not a suitable boat for the ser- 
vice required, that if repaired it will not be worth 
the sum expended, and because 1 believe it to be 
the best economy to build a boat expressly lor the 
service, and that time will vindicate this opinion. 
1 ask you in the name of the Board of Directors to 
replace in the appropriations for 1870-71 the 
amount requested by the Board, believing that the 
other branch, for the reasons which have been giv- 
en, will take concurrent action. 

Alderman Gibson stated that the Henry Morri- 
son was surveyed in the yard of Mr. Kelly, when 
it was adjudged that witb repairs to the amount of 
■1?10,200 she would last twelve years, and would be 
well enough to do all the business that was re- 
quired of her. It was useless to call a boat rotten 
in her condition, for those who examined into her 
condition were practical mechanics, and knew just 
what was wanted to put her in good condition. He 
had been assured that she burns less than three- 
quarters of a ton of coal a day, and with a new 
boat the expense for coal would be $10 a day more. 
With an expenditure of $7000 he had been assured 
she wauld run five years without any difficulty. He 
knew the Neptune, the twin boat, when on the 
stocks, and knew that they both run as side-wheel 
boats. So far as danger was alleged in tipping 



over, with .',00 passengers on board, and a 
rush being made from one side to the 
other, there was always an inclination to turn bv 
SUCh a class of boats. A new boat to cost 
$75,000 could not be afforded, in relation to the 
danger referred to ingoing to Ualloupe's Island, 
he would have gone through, lie Buppcoedfthe 
fear entertained was from not being familiar with 
salt water. 

Alderman Pratt did not believe the boat would 
bring what it would cost lor repairs on her, but 
with £30,000 a good boat could be purchased. 

Alderman Gibson said there was DO evidence of 
the leaking of the Morrison, which there would be 
if she was rotten, as was alleged, and with her 
projection of guards. Two icet of these guards 
might be cut off, which would make her more 
easily trimmed. 

Alderman Pratt said be believed she would go 
over some day, from being top heavy. 

Alderman Pierce said it would appear that either 
the be at or the captain, from the difierent state- 
ments, re iuired to Le reorganized. 

Alderman Cow-din said the boat had run fifteen 
years, and was safe, and so far as related to 
want of confidence, it was all a bugbear. 

Alderman Pratt said lie had no design to delay 
the appropriation, but ii any disaster occurred, he 
should be clear of any responsibility in the mat- 
ter. 

The motion to insert $30,000 for $7000 was lost. 

The several orders were then passed, without 
amendment. 

BROADWAY EXTENSION. 

The order for a loan of $450,000 to finish the con- 
struction of Broadway from Federal to Albany 
streets, was taken up, on motion of Alderman Tal- 
bot. 

Alderman Connor said the present Board of Al- 
dermen was not responsible for the cost of the 
Broadway extension; and the question was now 
either to finish the work or drop it. The increased 
cost had been mainly in the construction of the 
bridge, but who was to blame he did not know. 
He believed, however, that the change of grade 
was a wise measure, and would prove to be so. 

Alderman .Jenkins agreed with the remark that 
that there was no alternative in the matter, yet, 
were the question an original one, he should not 
vote for the extension. 

Alderman Talbot said the contracts were be- 
lieved to be all made, and the pavments would be 
a lien on the city. The expense was much greater 
than was at first anticipated, vet be confessed he 
believed in Broadway, and the citizens would 
some time admit that the measure was a wise one. 

Alderman Jenkins saitl he did not believe in the 
Broadway extension. If left at Albany street, it 
would not be of much practical benefit, but if car- 
ried to Washington street, as he supposed it was 
contemplated, it would cost 81,000,000 moie. He 
did not know of any alternative but to vote for this 
appropriation, but would like to know whether 
this sum would complete the present extension. 

Alderman (iibson said this was the bitterest pill 
he had ever attempted to swallow, but he supposed 
we must pocket the loss. 

Alderman Cowdin agreed that this was a bitter 
pill, but the city was under obligation to perform 
her contracts. He believed there was an egregious 
blunder made, and that the expense would reach a 
million of dollars more than contemplated. 

Alderman Gibson said he had not confidence in 
the bridge, but feared it would settle on a heavy 
strain by the travel upon it. 

Alderinan Talbot said the city ought to have 
confidence in its engineer, that he would not rec- 
ommend a structure that would not be perfectly 
safe, They ought not to damage the reputation of 
the Engineer by such remarks. The committee in 
the outset urged upon the proper officers that full 
allowance should be made for contingencies, and 
that they should increase their estimates. 
The order was passed. 
Adjourned to Tuesday evening, 7^ o'clock. 



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COMMON GO UN GIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
APRIL 14, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 1'A o'clock, M. E. 
Ingalls, Mic President, In the chair. 

\ 'EBB 1'IWM THE iiOAliD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions m Seth Whlttier, Wm. H. Morlarty, 
and of George Lunt and otheis, were severally re- 
ferred, in concnrrence. 

The Mayor's Mi ssage, announcing that the re- 
mains of the late Anson Burlingame will soon ar- 
rive in this country; and suggesting that such ar- 
rangements as may be necessary for their recep- 
tion l e made, was ordered to be placed on rile. 

Messis. Gray of Ward 12, Mnulton of Ward 9, and 
Williams of Ward 13, with the President added, 
were joined to rhe committee on the order to make 
riu necessary arrangements for the reception of 
the remains of Mr. Burlingame. 

I lie following orders were read twice and passed : 

< irder to pay the bills of D. Gobdnew & Co. and 
others. 

Order that so much of the land recently annexed 
to this city, by the change of boundary between 
Boston ami West Roxbury, as is south of Columbia 
street, be added to Ward 16, and as is north of said 
Street, to Ward 14. 

Order authorizing sale at public auction of a 
strip of land belonging to the city on Fruit and 
North Grove streets. 

Order authorizing 0435 square feet of flats east of 
Albany street, to be sold to Joseph F. Paul on the 
usual terms and under such restrictions as may be 
deemed for the interests of the city. 

'the resolve and order for the widening of Sum- 
mer street on its northeasterly side, between High 
and Federal streets, and resolve and order for the 
widening of Washington street between Indiana 
place and Orange street, were each referred to the 
Committee on streets. 

The order for a loan of four hundred and fifty 
thousand dollars, to be added to the "Broadwav 
Extension Lean," (City Doc. No. 28, 1870,) being 
under consideration, 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10, moved its reference to the 
Committee tw Streets, with instructions "to in- 
quire and report the probable cost of removing the 
whole stiucture." 

The motion was put and declared to be carried, 
when a doubt was raised and the question was 
divided. 

Mr. Cray of Ward 12 objected to the instructions 
unless it was designed to ascertain the entire cost 
of restoring everything as it was before the work 
was commenced." The Committee could not do this 
unless with the employment of competent persons 
to estimate the cost, "if it was designed that the 
Committee should give their opinion merely, the 
members of the Council would be as well able to 
judge as the Committee can be, and the expense 
would be incurred for nothing. 

Mr. Smith thought it would not cost the Com- 
mittee anything to inquire and give the informa- 
tion. For his part, if it was a question of sacri- 
ficing £500,000 as the expense already incurred, or 
to expend $1,500,000 to complete the extension, he 
would vote to m, ue the sacrifice. The instructions 
weie merely for an inquiry, that the Council may 
act more intelligently. 

Mr. Gray stated that to make the inquiry com- 
plete, it must be ascertained how much it will cost 
to restore the old grade, the cost to owners of 
buildings for damages already incurred, with the 
additional damages to restore them to their form* r 
position, and for this purpose competent persons 
must be employed to ascertain the cost of these 
various items. " 

The motion to refer was carried, and the motion 
to instruct the committee was passed by a vote of 
24 to 13. 

Air. Frost of Ward 9 wished to move further in- 
structions to the committee. 

The chair ruled that further instructions were 
not in order, the reference having been made. 

The report and order for a loan of one hundred 
and twenty-five thousand dollars to 1 e added to 
the loan for extending the Water Works into Bos- 
ton Highlands was read twice and pa: sed, in con- 
currence. 

Trie following reports were severally accepted, 
in concurrence: 

Keport of the Committee on Water, that ten 



drinking fountains have already been established 
in the city and that ten more w ill' be establii hed, as 
soon as proper location can be secured. 

Keport ei the' Committee on Water, that it is in- 
expedient to reduce the present water rates for 
dwelling-homes. 

Beport of tbe Committee on i trdinancee, that it 
is unnecessary to amend the tire ordinance to c •: - 
tablish the Fire Insurance Brigade. 

SALAItY HILL. 

The Salary bill was taken up. and considered, as 
unfinished business. 

The salaries embraced in the first order were 
■d upon, and on reaching that of the Harbor 
Master, Hr. Vannevarof Ward 8 moved to mike 
this salary S2000. 

Mr. Learnard of Ward 11 opposed any changes in 
ihe salaries, the present year not being favorable 
for the increase of salaries. He considered this 
officer well paid for his services, as a portion of his 
duties were performed by the harbor police, and it 
was the opinion of some persons that the office 
might be dispensed with. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 inquired whether the 
amendments of the Hoard of Aldermen were 
adopted, and hoped that the orders would be con- 
sidered by sections. 

The chair stated that the bill was considered as 
it came from the Board of Aide; men. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 inquired if the salaries 
were the same as last year, to which Mr. Learnard 
replied that all the changes were indicated on the 
first page of the report. 

'Ihe motion to amend by an increase of the sala- 
ry of the Harbor Master, was lost. 

Mr. Gray moved a reconsideration of the vote oy 
which the'first order was adopted. Carried. 

Mr. Gray moved to amend section 2, to increase 
the salary of ihe Mayor's clerk to S1800, stating 
that it was not raised last year, as were many 
otheis. 

Mr. Learnard stated that the salary had teen in- 
creased from S1000 since 1863. 

Mr. Cray repeated that the salaries of most of 
ihe heads of departments were raised last year, 
and that the business bad largely increased," the 
gentleman who held the office had a great amount 
of labor to perform, was always accommodating, 
and that the salaiy was not large for the ability re- 
quiied. 

Mr. Temple of Ward 16, concurred with Mr. Gray 
in relation to the business performed and the 
manner of its performance, and hoped the amend- 
ment would pass. There had been no increase of 
the salaiy since 1816. 

Ihe amendment was carried by a vote of 30 
to 16. 

On motion of Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7, the salary 
of the assistant to the Clerk of the Common Coun- 
cil was increased from S700 to $800, by a vote of 26 
to 15. 

In the second order, Section 3, Mr. Smith of 
Ward 10, moved to amend by striking out the word 
"each." so that the salaries of the assistants to 
the City Solicitor should be but S2500. 

Mr. smith utatedin support of the motion, that 
this was one of the most expensive departments 
of the city, and that when there was any heavy 
< utside work, the city was obliged to go outside to 
hire other lawyers. ' He did not Relieve it was 
necessary to pay $11,000 iu salaries, and §4000 or 
££000 outside, so that these lawyers could earn as 
mm ft more by their private practice. 

Mr. Gray inquired whether the salaries of these 
officers were not fixed by ordinance. 

Ihe Chair stated that "the number of assistants 
was fixed by ordinance, and the only way to meet 
this question would be to amend the ordinance. 

Mr. smith said he would, then, have these assis- 
tants act alternately, and divide the salary to 
give them each &1250. A motion to make such a 
division was lost. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 moved to reduce the 
the salaries to S2000 for the assistants. In the 
office there were four lawyers, making it the most 
expensive department in the city. They were hav- 
ing a large private practice, and he believed as 
good talent could be had for §2000 as was obtained 
in these assistants. The sum proposed ought to be 
enough. 

Mr. Learnard hoped the motion would not pre- 
vail. 'Ihe time of these assistants was chiefly oc- 
cupied iu settling up the claims on the Church 
Street District and others of a similar character. 
It was desirable, further, to concur with the Board 
of Aldermen in fixing these salaries. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 believed the expenses of 
this department to be enormous, and thought ths 
reduction should be made at the head of the de- 



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partment. lie moved to reduce the salary cf the 
City Solicitor to $4000. 

Both amendments were rejected. 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8 moved that the salary 
of the Harbor Master fe fixed at .«looo. Carried— 
26 to 19. 

Mr. Gray raised a question of order, whether 
having refused cnee to increase the salary 1 , an 
increase can I e made without recoi 6id< latiOi;. 

The Chair stated that, having reconsidered the 
first order, the business had gone cm ;;s havine 
been commenced anew; but on reflection iule.1 
that the motion could not be entertained as a new 
motion. 

Mr. \Y r el)s of Ward 3 moved a reconsideration of 
the vote refusing to increase this salaiy. 

Mr. Pc or of Ward 11 said he did hot know pre- 
cisely what were the duties of this officer, but he 
would remind the Council that the sum tii.ed last 
week in the appropriation for salaries must be in- 
creased if this increase in salaries was to go on. 

Mr. (.ray said he would remind the gentleman 
of a suggestion made by him last week that a re- 
sort might be had to the Reserved Fund. 

lhe motion to inciease the salary was carried by 
a vote of 29 to 21. 

Mr. Wells moved to increase the salary of the 
Superintendent of Health to #3000, stating that it 
was about the largest department in the cuy, and 
should be on a par with other departments in its 
salary. 

Mr. f.earnard stated that it was increased t'nin 
$1700 to $2500, and that it has been for several 
years S500 less than the salaries of the heads of 
other departments. 

Mr. Wells stated that it was not increased last 
year when other salaries were. 

The motion was lost— to to 23. 

Mr. Donnelly of Ward 3 moved to reduce the 
salary of the Deputy Superintendent of Faneuil 
Hall market to $1000. 

lhe motion was opposed by Mr. Rich of Ward 9, 
and lost. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12 moved to increase the sal- 
ary of .Superintendent of Dover Street Bridge 
from s;>00 to S1200, stating that there had neen a 
large increase in the business through the draw of 
that bridge, and that the Superintendent was 
obliged to employ considerable help. 

Mr. Learnard of Ward 11 called attention to the 
fact of the great competition for the place of Su- 
perintendent of the bridge last year. 

.Mr. Gray said the gentleman was not anxious to 
hold the position except with an increase of sal- 
ary, and he had promised to aid in that increase, 
believing it to be but just, 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 believed that great injus- 
tice was done to the bard working men in the em- 
ployment of the city; and while it was easv to in- 
crease the large salaries, it was difficult to get an 
increase of those the most deserving. 

Mr. Gray stated further that the superintendent 
was obliged to hire a man at $8 a week for several 
months in the year, and ha i the services of his 
son, and with much difficulty was enabled to make 
a living. 

Mr. smith also advocated the increase as hut 
reasonable, and it was carried, 

.Mr. Woolleyof Ward 1 moved to increase the 
salaiy of the Superintendent of the Meridian street 
bridge to >1000. 

Mr. Wells advocated the motion, believing the 
Superintendent should have help in moving the 
draw, which was very difficult. 

Mr. Learnard stated that no increase was asked 
for in this case, although there was in others. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1, advocated the increase. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 11 stated that as there were 
several sections of this class, it would be better to 
refer them to a special committee for a hearing on 
the subject. 

Mr. smith said he should vote for this increase,, 
for the Superintendent ought at least to have a la- 
borer's wages. 

To an inquiry of Mr. Gray, whether the Superin- 
dent had pay also from the city of Chelsea, Mr. 
Woolley replied that he had not. 

The motion to increase was carried. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved as an amendment 
to the salary of superintendent of Common, a pro- 
viso that he shall engage in an other business, and 
shall not be interested in furnislung supplies of 
any description for his department. He said the 
Superintendent had forty or fifty men under his 
charge, scattered all over the citv, and could not 
see that these men discharged their duties faithfullv 
while engaged in other bu'sinesc;. If a man hadno' 
salary in his position, he might make it profitable. 

.Mr. Wells said no lault was found with the 
superintendent for neglect of his duties. 



Mr. Smith said he made no specific charges. The 
Superintendent could not be in two jdaces at the 
same time, but ly devoting his time to the city, be 
could save the wages of five men in properly look- 
ing after those employed. 

i lie motic n for the adoption of the proviso was 
lost. 

Mr. Quinn cf Ward 5 moved to ir.crer.se the pay 
of superintendent oJ Hacks to $4 per day. Lost. 

.Mr. Brown of Ward 2 moved to strike out the 
stated sum to First and Second Assistant Assess- 
ors tor office work, believing it was unjust to those 
Assessors and a reflection on their integrity. 

Mr. Gray stated that the change was made from 
a per diem last year, and was found to work well. 
It bad been thought that the services of these as- 
sessors might be dispensed with in the dooming 
board. 

'lhe notion to i trikc out was li si. 

'lhe several orders connected with the Salary 
bill were passed, and the salaries fixed asamended, 
including tfaa order directing the Auditor and 
Treasure* to pay the same. 

SCHOOL ACCOM MODATIOJNS. 

A request was received from the School Com- 
mittee for additional accommodations for the 
Winthrop street primary school, by enlarging the 
present schoolhouse or erecting a new building. 

A request was also received from the School 
Committee for an enlargement of the Dearborn 
schoolhouse Ly raising the roof, creating such ad- 
ditional rooms, including a hall, as the building 
will admit of; also to introduce water, new heat- 
ing apparatus and means of ventilation, paving 
the present yard, and erecting good outbuildings. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings. 

A communication was received from James H. 
Upham, Ward 16, declining to accept the office of 
one of the First Assistant Assessors, to which he 
bad been ejected, on account cf other business 
engagements. Iieterred Do Committee on Asses- 
sors' Department. 

REPOBTS or COMMITTEES;. 

Mr. Bond of Ward 8, from the Committee on 
Streets, reported that the order for the widening 
of Washington street ought to pass. 

On a motion to suspend the rules, for its pas- 
sage, a question was raised as to the width of the 
street by the proposed widening, and no one being 
prepared to answer positively the order was laid 
on the table. 

The order was subsequently taken up, on a state- 
ment of Mr. Bond that the widening would give 
sixty feet as the width of the street. 

Objection was made by several members that the 
report was not made with proper authority, the 
members of the committee not being called togeth- 
gether, and were not notified as required by the 
rules. 

The report was recommitted. • 

The following order, offered by Mr. Emerson of 
Ward G, was read once: 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Public 
Buildings be authorized to supply all necessary 
furniture and make such repairs as may he needed 
at the various public buildings during the ensuing 
year, the expense thereof to be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Public Buildings. 

Mr. Woods of Ward 12 offered an order author- 
izing the Directors of the Fast Boston Ferries to 
sell the ferry boat Norfolk as unlit for service, 
which was read once. 

Mr. Woods also offered the following order which 
was read once: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Fire Depart- 
ment be authorized to introduce the Telegraphic 
Fire Alarm system into Ward 16, and for that pur- 
pose to place bells and signal boxes in such loca- 
tions as they may deem expedient, and connect 
therewith Wires and machinery by which speedy 
and effectual alarms may be given in case of fire, 
the expense thereof not to exceed the sum of $27,- 
100, and to be charged to the appropriation for 
fire alarms. 

OBDEBS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of Ward 10, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be directed to consider the expediency of 
selling the primary school building on lots in High 
street place, the same being no longer needed lor 
school purposes. 

On motion of Mr. Frost of Ward 9, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Streets be di- 
rected to consider and report the cost of complet- 
ing the extension of Broadway, so as to conform 
to'the present grade of Federal and Albany streets. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 



Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 18, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor shurtleff presiding. 

.UKOKS DRAWN. 

Ten jurors were drawn for the Superior Court, 
civil term, and ten lor the Superior Court, crimiual 
term. 

APPOINTMENTS .MADE A.ND CONFIRMED. 

Measurer of Wood and Bark, and Weigher of 
Coal— James F. doss. 

special Police Officer, without pay — Charles H. 
Wright for duty in Commonwealth avenue, Arling- 
ton, Marlborough and Berkeley streets. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED A.TD REFERRED. 

John A. Richards, to be paid for grade damages 
on I. ami ert street. 

Drarer & Hall and others, that Dartmouth 
street, north of Columbus avenue, be put in order 
for tra»ei. 

Francis Koche and .Mary Mora n, to be paid for 
damages caused by change of grade at No. 194 
Harrison avenue. 

Ihomas Foye and others, that Xewbern street be 
graded and put in order. 

Friend T ilden and others, that a cesspool be con- 
structed and gutters paved on Fifth street, be- 
tween E and F streets. 

A. D. Williams, for leave to move a wooden 
building from \\ alnut avenue to Hampden street. 

C. Barnard and others, that gates be maintained 
by the Old Colony & .Newport Railroad Co. on Park 
and Mill streets. 

•1. & W. tt. ( avanagh that Eighth street be filled 
to grade near D street. 

Foys & •stone and others, that High street be 
paved with granite blocks, from Federal to Sum- 
mer street. 

Nathan Brown and others, that Highland place 
be called Parker Hill avenue. 

Win. o. Johnson, that the irregularity of numbers 
at the eastern end of Beacon street may be reme- 
died. 

Metropolitan Railroad Company, for leave to 
charge t^n cents for passengers in midnight street 
cars. 

W. L. & C. J, Prescott and others, that cross- 
walks be laid on Harrison avenue, near Castle 
Btreet. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving.. 

George W. Decatur, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in this city. 

H. V. Hay ward, for leave to build a stable for 
more than four horses at No. 1 Ceylon street. 

John Gallagher, tor leave to build a stable for 
one horse on Clay and Hampshire streets. 

C. S. Parker & Sons, for leave to keep a stable 
for four or more horses at 144 Charles street. 

severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

J. M. Keith, for abatement of sewer assess- 
ment, Hawthorne street. 

Augustus W. Perrin, for postponement of collec- 
tion or sewer assessment in Perrin street. 

Patrick Curley, ior abatement of a sewer assess- 
ment in Warren street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Mary Ann Harris, to be compensated for per- 
sonal injuries sustained by an alleged defect in 
Northampton street. 

Mary Lyons, to bie compensate I for personal in- 
juries' sustained liy a fall in State street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

George M. Hebtts, for leave to cut down a tree in 
the sidewalk oi Thornton street. 

Everett statue Committee, for leave to substitute 
a new pedestal J«r saidstatue. . 

William shaver, Joseph Houghton and others, 
for the enlargement of Madison square. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Common, 

A:r. 

Alonzo Flags and. George Norton, severally for 
apportionment of TremottG street betterments'. 



Joseph W. Ward, that Ninth street be extended 
to G street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on streets. 

.John 1)."W. .Joy, for the use of Fancuil Hall, May 
£6, for a festival. Referred to Committee on Fan- 
tuilllall. 

John Haskins and others, that gas lamps be 
placed and lighted on Bower street. Referred to 
the Committee on Lamps. 

Trustees of New England Female .Medical Col- 
lege, for extension of time in which to build on 
East Concord street. Referred to the Committee 
on Public Lands. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BU1I.I). 

Keyes & Kelley, 44 Broadway; C. & G. Barker, 
102 and 104 Commercial street; James Morrissey, 
N street, between Fourth and Gold streets; J. S. 
Crooker, 7 Alden street, and rear til Prince street; 
Davis Damon, Princeton street, between Brooks 
and Putnam streets; Otis Wentworth, 10 Leverett 
street; A. Dexter, Chester, near Harrison avenue; 
Angus Douglass, Kendall street; N. McMnrtzie, 39 
Millriiont street; D. W. Bcckler, K street, from 
Fifth to Sixth street; J. Scherer, corner of Margi- 
nal and Haynes streets; N. E. Female Medical Col- 
lege, East Concord street, between Harrison ave- 
nue and Albany street; R. E. Dunlap, Pinckney 
street, near Joy street; Frame & Jordan, Paris 
street, between Marion and Porter streets: Win. 
B.Pickett, corner of Webster and Orleans streets; 
James Denuie, corner of E and Eighth streets; Al- 
bert Stoddard, Chandler street, between Clarendon 
street and Columbus avenue; J. French, corner of F 
and Fourth streets ; G. & C.Nowell,8 Bultineh place ; 
George Hargave, corner of Trenton and Marion 
streets; B. F. Prescott, Milford street; M. A. Ring 
& Sons, Vinton street; John Thompson, No. 91 
Webster street; Richardson & Young, 330 Hano- 
ver street; Theodore Voelckers, corner of Wash- 
ington and Garland streets; N. J. Bradlee, corner 
of Washington street and Dix place; Laming & 
Drisko, 120 Pleasant street; James McNiel, 87 
Winthrop street; David Irving, Decatur street, 
between Chelsea and Bremen streets; Alexander 
Mail", 42 Traverse street; C. K. Kirby, t>G and 68 
Marlborough street, and 30 and 32 Eliot street; S. 
H. L. Pierce, Seventh street, between B and C 
streets. Severally referred to the Committee on 
Streets. 

REPORT OF CITY PHYSICIAN. 

The final report of Dr. Read, City Physician, for 
the quarter ending March 3lst. gave the following 
statements: 

Persons vaccinated, 1086; children examined 
and certificates granted for admission to the pub- 
lic schools, 68; physicians supplied with vaccine 
lymoh, 68; visits made to persons confine! at the 
jail," 140. 

Read and ordered to be sent down. 

COMMUNICATION FROM CONSULTING PHYSICIANS. 

A communication was received from the Con- 
sulting Physicians, in which after stating what 
they learn to b^ th-> duties of this office, from the 
City Solicitor, th3y accept the responsibility and 
make the following statements : 

The death rate of Boston has b:su for some vears 
past so high as to excite the attention of the medi- 
cal profession. With natural advantages for 
drainage and ventilation, equalled bv very few 
cities in the world, and with an abundant supply 
of pure water, there is still an average annual 
mortality of between 24 and 25 to the thousand of 
population. 

During the past ten years the chance of living 
has been not quite so good in our city of Boston, 
almost surrounded bv the sea, with a* population 
of 203,000, as in London, on the Thames, with a 
population of 3,010,000. The gre:ttsr vital depres- 
sion c his,' I by want an I misery in that most vast 
of modern cities, seems to have been more than 
counteracted by the careful protection of public 
health. 

Comparing the mortality of Boston with that of 
other parts of the State, the indications are also 
very unfavorable. Half of the people of Massa- 
chusetts live in districts where the annual mortal- 
ity does not exceed 17 or 18 to the thousand. 

After stating the number of deaths from cholera 
infantum annfrom all bowel diseases in Boston, 
in 1868, th •>• say: 

Thare are causes for this excessive mortality, 
and it is our duty to try to disc >ver what they are, 
and if possible ts point out the way for their re- 



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moval. Among the first requirements for public 
health in a crowded city are sewerage and jpaye- 
ment — such sewers as will cause all the foul liquids 
to flow away by force of gravity and cuch pave- 
ments as will prevent all soakage in the soil. To 
obtain these in perfection is a work of time, of 
great cost, and of the highest engineering skill. 
We cannot hope to have them changed except liy 
slow degrees and by such processes as have for 
many years been going on in Boston with public 
approval. 

I'o other means of protecting health, easiiy 
reached, attention is invited. They say our streets 
are not clean. It is perhaps unloitunate for sani- 
tary progress in Boston that comparison in this 
respect, with Aew York, is so readily made, and 
that standard of comparison, it is forgotten, is a 
low one. The Metropolitan Board of Health of the 
City of New York have already accomplished a 
sanitary work from which other great ciaes may 
learn many useful lessons. Ihey have reformed 
the tenement houses, suppressed dangerous epi- 
demics, cleaned and disinfected the vaults, and re- 
moved or regulated all offensive trades, but the 
streets have been always entirely beyond their con- 
trol, for which they are not responsible. There 
can be no doubt that, so far as streets are concern- 
ed, New York is the most filthy great city in the 
civilized world. ' Compared with streets of Euro- 
pean cities, the streets of Boston aie as much be- 
hind them in cleanliness as they are cleaner than 
the streets of JVew York. 

Referring to the composition of the dirt of the 
streets ol Boston, horse manure, alternately dried, 
soaked, and from a diffusion in the air, becoming 
a product of disease, it is said that the interests of 
public health require that it be removed with 
much greater frequency than now practiced, and 
the opinion is expressed that every street in the 
city should be cleaned once in twenty-four hours, 
and the great thoroughfares by night. They pro- 
ceed to say : 

There are in all parts of Boston rilthyback yards, 
alleys and passageways, broken-down and over- 
flowing vaults, and in the older portions disused 
wells and cisterns, which are receptacles for dirt. 
Offensive trades, like fat-melting and bone-boiling, 
were carried on in open vats in the midst of a 
crowded population. They should -be compelled 
to use methods, tried and approved in New York, 
by which the sickening vapors may be entirely 
consumed. 

House offal or swill is allowed to become putrid 
before removal from the houses of the citizens. 
The offal is a source of profit, unmixed with ashes, 
which would tend to prevent its becoming offen- 
sive, which makes it the more obligatory lor the 
city contractors to take the dangerous portion 
away before it undergoes decomposition. In our 
opinion public health requires tnat house offal 
should be removed in summer and early autumn 
every day from every house. 

The coudition of tenement houses is refered to 
as discreditable to a civilized community, those of 
Friend street court and the "Crystal Palace" in 
Lincoln street, being instanced, bringing enormous 
rents for the investment. Public health requires 
that the tenement house law, which has been a 
dead letter, should be enforced without delay. 

It is now no one's duty to inspect the fresh pro- 
vision offered for sale in Boston, while the law 
provides for the destruction of all which are un- 
sound, and of all meat of any calf killed when less 
than four weeks old. Public health requires the 
enforcement of these laws, and a systematic in- 
spection of meat, fish, vegetables and fruits be 
made by city authority in a manner similar to the 
inspection of milk, which has proved to be so use- 
ful. 

All of these reforms are believed to be practica- 
ble, and are of great concern to all citizens, and 
although they would require an outlay of money, 
it is believed they would prove to be good invest- 
ments, and true economy demands them. The 
money value of human life to a community is 
real. A destructive epidemic is expensive. More- 
over, a clean and unquestionably healthy city, such 
as Boston might be made, would have attraction 
for permanent residents and transient visitors 
which could not fail fo favorably affect its com- 
mon interests. It might also well be an object of 
pride with Bvery citizen to furnish in Boston an 
example of public cleanliness and public health 
which other American cities would imitate. 

Signed by Drs. Henry Bartlett, George Derby, 
James C. White, Wm. Read. P. P. Ingalls. 



The communication was laid on the table and 
ordered to be printed. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on the several petitions of Caspar 
Schafer, for leave to erect a stable on J.ongwood 
avenue; of G. W. Hobby & Co., for a stable rear 
80 Conant street, and of John Proctor, for a stable 
corner Bolton and Dorchester streets, were sever- 
ally taken up, and no persons appearing, the re- 
ports were recemmitted. 

The hearings on petitions of the Metropolitan 
Railroad Company, for leave to construct a turn- 
out at Mount Pleasant, of Matthew DeBoch, fir 
leave to put up a steam engine and 1 oiler at 217 
Eighth street, were taken up and recommitted. 

The hearings en proposed construction ol sewers 
in Centre and Highland streets, of discontinuance 
of a portion of Eliot street, adjoining estate of 
Hannah B. Clark, and of rec.ucticn of grades on 
certain streets on Fort Hill, were takinup, and 
the reports were recommitted. 

unfinished m 'Sil Is -. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed : 

Ordered, That there be paid to James If. Shute 
.?G500 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover s.treet,' by a resolve of 
October 15, 1869, to be charged 1 to the Second Han- 
over street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John W. McDon- 
ald $19,000 for land taken (in the name of John 
McDonald and Mary McDonald, two estates) and 
all damages occasioned by the widening of Eliot 
street, by a resolve of December SI, 1869, to be 
chaiged to the Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, Tliat there be paid to Edward Otheman 
$4500 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, to be charged 
to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Edward Kelley 
§3000 for land taken (in the name of Arthur Mc- 
Avoy) and all damages occasioned by the laying 
out and grading of sturgis street, by a resolve of 
July 23, 1869, to be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement Loan. 

The order to fix the salary of Superintendent of 
East Boston Ferries at $3000 coming up, Alderman 
Talbot believed that $2500 woidd be sufficient as a 
salary in this case, for there were few salaries in the 
City Hall which were higher. As the gentleman 
was new as a city officer, he moved that §2500 be 
fixed as the salary. After the suggestion by Al- 
derman Connor that the matter should go either to 
the Committee on East Boston Ferries, or the Com- 
mittee on Salaries, and the remarks of Alderman 
Talbot that the subject should be referred to the 
Committee on Salaries, the order was referred to 
the last named committee. 

The following orders were passed : 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to repair Albanv street paving wharf at 
an expense of $2000, to be charged to the appro- 
priation for paving. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to lay plank sidewalk on Columbus ave- 
nue, from Berkeley to Chandler streets, at an ex- 
pense not exceeding $1000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade Ne whall street and Pierce avenue 
at an expense not exceeding $700. 

The order to repair Union park roadway and 
sidewalks at an expense of $2500 being under con- 
sideration, 

Alderman Carpenter moved an indefinite post- 
ponement on account of the great reduction of ap- 
propriations for paving. Carried. 

The report and ordinance to establish a charita- 
ble fund for invalid policemen was. on motion of 
Alderman Talbot, laid on the table, to give further 
time for the consideration of the subject. 

On morion of Alderman Hawes, the report and 
orders to reorganize the Fire Department in Dor- 
chester; to disband Companies 17 and 19; to reduce 
Companies 16, 18, 20, 21 ; to reorganize Hook and 
Ladder Companies 6 and 7; to reduce number of 
hoseman in Engine Companies 12, 13 and 14 and 
the orders for the pay of Dorchester firemen were 
severally laid on the table for one week. 

A remonstrance was presented from E. P Tiles- 
ton and others against the reduction of the Fire 
Department in Ward 16, particularly of the re- 
moval of Engine No. 19 which would leave Matta 
pan Village without the means of extinguishing a 
fire within a mile. 6 

The resolve and order to widen Warren street bv 
taking land of Donald Kenncdv and als at an 



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expense of $2000) were read a second time and 
passed. 

APEBS ii: ''I nil-: 00MMOW COUNCIL. 

The resignation of James li. Cpham, as First 
Assistant Assessor, •. as referred to Committee on 
Assessors' Department, in concurrence. 

The reUuesl of School ( 'unimittei* tor enlarge- 
ment and alterations in Dearborn s< lmoihouse, 
and ol additional accommodations for the Winthrop 
Street Primary Scimoi, were severally referred; [u 
non-concurrence to the Committee on Public ln- 

E tl ilclien, 

iiieord'T to consider the expediency. of- selling 
Bchdolhouse and lot on High street place 1 coming 
up, 

Al lomian Connor moved its indefinite postpone- 
ment, the subject being strictly within the control 
of ihc s< lmol ( Committee, and neither the Commit- 
tee on Public Buildings nor the Committee on 
Public Instruction having originated it, while the 
subject was under consideration in tD.3 School 
( 'ommittee. who would report within a short time. 
The motion was carried. 

The salary -ill was taken up, the (mention being 
on (JOllCUrrmg in several amendments made in the 
Common Council. 

The concurrence in the amendment to increase 
the salary oi' the Mayor's cteVk to $1800 was lost by 
a vote of 3 to 7. 

On the concurrence in the amendment to in- 
crease the salary of Assistant Clerk of the Com- 
mon Council, Alderman Talbot said he should 
make no objection, the necessity cf it being heist 
understood by that Blanch, 'the amendment was 
concurred in. 

The amendments to increase the salaries of the 
Harbor .Master, and of the Superintendents of 
Dover street bridge and of Meridian street bridge, 
were severally non-concurred in. 

Alderman Talbot stated that it was understood 
among thege superintendents that if one was al- 
lowed an increase, others would ask for it, and he 
was quite suie that the Superintendent of the 
Meridian street bridge did not a.sk for an increase 
before the committee. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Connor, from the Committee on Pub- 
lic Instruction, to-whom was referred the request 
of the School Committee that the City Council 
would procure additional land in connection with 
the uew Normal Sehoolhouse, made a report, as 
follows; 

The present lot, between Newton and Pembroke 
sireets, contains 20,700 square feet. It was pur- 
chased in August, 18C8, for '$1 87)£ per foot. The 
order for the erection of a buildiii"', at an estimated 
cost of $170,01)0, was passed in April, 1869. The 
present estimated cost of land and building (in- 
cluding the sum of $18,82G to cover the injuries 
caused by the storm in September last) amount to 

$225,000. 

An additional lot of land, containing 3820 square 
feet, can be obtained on the easterly side of the 
present lot, for about $10,000. Believing that it 
would be desirable to secure this lot in order to 
provide additional light and air, the Committee 
would respectfully recommend the passage of the 
accompany orders: 

The orders for the purchase of the said lot of 
'and, for a sum not exceeding $10,000, and author- 
izing the Treasurer to borrow that amount for the 
purpose, were read the first time. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee ou 
Licenses, reported in favor of licenses to (Jle Bull to 
giveaconcertatTremoutTempIe, April 20; of How- 
ard Paul to give concerts at the Music Hall April 
18-30, and of ira C. Flagg to exhibit a panorama at 
East Boston, April 20, 21. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter also reported licenses to 
thirteen persons as common victuallers, five as inn- 
holders, thirteen wagen licenses, rive news boys, 
three pedlers and one boot black ; also licenses as 
an auctioneer, for an intelligence office, billiard 
saloon, for a hack stand and lor transfer of wagon 
license; and leave to withdraw to twelve persons 
for licenses as common victuallers, and one for a 
hack license. Severally accepted. 

Aldernun Gibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of the trai sfer of stall 
No. 54 in the market by M. J. T. Bennettt, admin- 
istratrix. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
Reported leave to withdraw on petition of Jabez H. 
Sears for a sewer in N street. Accepted. 



Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Public 
Lands, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
Si Hi Whittioi for leave to pay the entire purchase 
of land on Albany street. Accepted, 

MUSEUM OF FIXE AIITS. 

Alderman Pope; from the Joint standing Com- 
mittee on Public Lands, to ' In in was referred the 
communication of His Honor the .Mayor, trans- 
mitting a request'Of the Trustees oi the Mumiiin 
of Fine Arts, that the tract of land lying between 
Kt. James and Dartmouth stieets, known as st. 
.lames park, may 1 e conveyed to them, made a re- 
port, as follow s : 

The Committee find that in pursuance of the 
provisions of a tripartite indenture made in 1804, 
by and bet., ten the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts, the Boston Water Power Company, and the 
City ol Boston, having in view certain improve- 
ments upon the Back Pay territory, the Boston 
Water Power Company obligated themselves 
and did convey to the City of Boston by 
a deed dated ' December 28; 188BJ a trace 
of land lying between St. .lames and Dart- 
mouth streets, and as otherwise described upon a 
plan drawn by X. Henry Crafts, City Engineer, 
dated Dec. 16, "i8ti5, and recorded in Suffolk 1,'fg- 
istry of Deeds, at the end of Lib. 8C9, said liuil be- 
ing conveyed with the restrictions that it shall 
never be used by the grantee or its assigns for any 
other purpose than a public square, — or biiildinir's 
to be used and devoted to the promotion of thefine 
arts. 

The petitioners have, by an act of the Legisla- 
ture of this Commonwealth, approved fey the Gov- 
ernor, Feb. 4, 1870, been incorporated under the 
name of the trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
and are ready to proceed to establish the Museum 
rtUthorized by said act, and all other objects 
named therein, with all practicable expedition. 

The Committee, in view of all the facts, as set 
forth, unanimously recommend the passage of the 
following order. 

Ordered, That His Honor, the Mayor, be and 
hereby is authorized, to convey by deed of quit 
claim, to the 'trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
a corporation established by laws of the Common- 
wealth, the lot of land lying between St. James 
and Dartmouth stieets, and as otherwise oescribed 
upon a plan, drawn by N. Herry Crafts, City Engi- 
neer, and recorded in SutlolK Pegistry of Deeds, at 
the end of lib., 186P, ben g the same'lot of land as 
was conveved by the Boston Water Companv to 
the city of Boston by deed, dated Dec. 28, 1805, 
with the same restrictions as set forth in said deed, 
together with the following conditions, which are 
also to be inserted: 

1. That the building or buildings to be erected 
upon said lot shall with ihe exception of the 
porch, steps and buttresses, be set back not less 
than thirty feet from each of the streets upon 
which said' land is bounded. 

2. That the exterior walls of the building or 
buildings to be erected on said lot shall be of 
brick, scone, or iron, and are to be used and de- 
voted to the promotion of the fine arts. 

3. That the sum of .* 150 .000 shall be s -.bscribed 
and collected, and the building begun within t\\ o 
years from the 1st day of May, 1870. 

The question being upon the passage of these or- 
ders. 

Alderman Talbot expressed the belief that some 
further restrictions should be placed in the condi- 
tions, which he did not suppose the parties inter- 
ested would object to. Ihe city should be made 
secure, so that the use of the land should not be 
lost in case of failure of the project. 

Alderman Connor said the city wa*s represented 
in this Board of Trustees by three of its officers, 
and it was believed that the restrictions were 
sufficient for the interests of the city. It was oe- 
lieved that the Trustees would have" in their pos- 
session within two years property to the amount of 
one million of dollars. 

Alderman Talbot inquired whether the land 
would revert to the city should the Museum not be 
built, or whether the conveyance would be made 
under the agreement with the Water Power Com- 
pany ? 

Alderman Pope stated that the gift was made by 
the Water Power Company to be used as a pubiic 
park, or for the purposes a building of this kind. 
It was believed by the Committee that all of the 
restrictions are contained in the orders which are 
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Alderman Talbot said he did not think that the 
g mtieinen engaged in this enterprise will object 
to the City (iovemment placing itself right in this 
matter, 'there could be no objection that the land 
should go for this purpose, but it was a large gift, 
and if not devotee! to the uses f r which it is pro- 
posed in a proper time, it should be made into a 
park for the people to enjoy. 

Alderman Gibson did not doubt that the chair- 
man of the, Board was right in his views in requir- 
ing that there should be a certainty of the im- 
provement of this land, as proposed. To give 
further time for consideration of the subject, he 
moved to lay it on the table. Carried. 

"WATER FOB DEER 1SLAKD. 

Alderman (lawes, from the Joint Standing Com- 
nnttee on Water, to whom was referred the re- 
quest of the Cm bituate Water Board for an addi- 
tional appropriation for conveying water to Deer 
Island, made a report, as follows: 

By orders passed by the City Council in .Septem- 
ber last, the Water Board was authorized to con- 
vey water from East Boston to the Institutions at 
Deer Island, as provided by chapter 193 of the Acts 
of I860, at an expense not exceeding $54,000. Tie 
estimates of expense were based upon a six inch 
pipe for the entire distance, which would deliver 
50,000 gallons in twenty-four, hours. 

It has been found, however, that this quantity 
would not be sufficient to supply the tire hydrants 
which the Directors tor Public Institutions pro- 
pose to establish in different localities on the 
Island ; and that a much larger pipe would be re- 
quired in the easterly section of East Boston in 
order to supply the residents of that section. 
Half the expense for the twelve-inch pipe for this 
portyoii isassumed byfheWatey Board, it being es- 
timated that there are a sufficient number of 
water takers to pay the six per cent, interest re- 
quired upon such outlays. 

The additional appropriation asked for, in order 
to .furnish facilities for extinguishing lires and 
supplying the water takers on the line of the ex- 
tension, amounts to ¥21,000— making the total es- 
timated expense $75,000. The necessity for this 
supply of pure water for the institutions at Deer 
Island, is fully set forth in the report of the com- 
mittee (with accompanying documents) made last 
year, being printed Document No. 85. 

The City Engineer furnishes the following esti- 
mate of the cost of laying the entire line with cast 
iron pipe : 

4,700 feet of 12 inch pipe at ,1F4 00 $18,800 00 

9,070 " 10 " "$3 25 29,477 50 

U ,405 " 8 " " $2 50 28,512 50 

1.500 " 6 " " $2 00 3,000 00 

flexible pipe 2,500 00 

Contingencies 2,1 10 00 



.184,400 00 



Deduct one-half of first item, being 
amount to be paid by the Water Board. . . §9,400 00 



$75,000 00 



The estimated saving from the introduction of 
pure water, is as follows: 

Coal $3800 ; clothing $3000; sal soda $250; soap 
$225; soap stock $100— total $7375. 

Ihe interest on the cost of introducing the water 
would be six per cent on $75,000— $4500. The esti- 
mated annual saving amounts to $7375, showing a 
net saving of $2875. In view of these facts the 
Committee would respectfully recommend the pas- 
sage ot the accompanying order : 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Jinance, the sum of $21,000, said sum to be added 
to the appropriation heretofore made for the con- 
veyance of water from East Boston to Deer Island. 

Ihe report was considered, on a motion for a 
passage of this order at this time. 

Aldennan Gibson inquired where the water had 
been obtained to this time for use at Deer Island 

Alderman Hawes replied that it was hard to tell ; 
the supply had been obtained from wells which 
were often dry and from a pond.where the water was 
brackish. It is also desired now to change the 
boilers which have been in use, when a saving will 
be made in the wear of the boilers from the great- 
er purity of the water. The reasons for the increase 
ot the appropriation were stated as given in the 
report. 

The report was laid on the table, and subse- 
quently taken up again for consideration. 



Alderman Hawes having stated that many peo- 
ple in Winthrop would like to use the water and 
pay for it, 

Alderman Cowdin inquired whether the Water 
Board would have a right to sell this water? 

The Chair, stated that a bargain for the use of the 
water could only be made wiuh the Mystic Water 
Board. 

Alderman Talbot stated some of the necessities 
for the use of the water at Deev Island, and the 
substitution of larger pipes of an increased ca- 
pacity to be used in case of fire. This need was 
found ii the burning out of the boilers from sedi- 
ment in impure water, and sickness caused by bad 
water. 

Ihe order wag passed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Public Bui fl- 
ings be authorized to make all necessary repairs 
and to supply such furniture as may be needed at 
the several schoolhouses, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $1000 for each house, to be charged to the 
Appropriation for Grammar and Primary Schools, 
Public Buildings. 
( ri inoiion of Alderman Cowdin, 
< irde'ied. That the armory now occupied by Co. 
D, 1st Keginient of Infantiy, in Webster Hall.Kox- 
bury, be approved as a suitable place for the de- 
posit of arms and equipments, at an annual rent of 
S'COO. to commence April 1st, 18.0, and that the 
said sum be charged to the appropriation for arm- 
ories. 

To a question of Alderman Talbot whether this 
rent was not high, Alderman Cowdin replied that 
a good ball for an armory could not be had for less 
than this sum in that section of the city. 
On motion of Alderman Bra man, 
Ordered, That the Suprintendent of Health be 
directed to abate a nuisance at 24 Hawley street, 
caused by a defective vault; also to abate a nui- 
sance at No. 30 Staniford street,, caused by want of 
a good and sufficient drain. 

A petition was presented from W. W. Blackmar 
and others, for an appropriation for decoration of 
graves of soldiers. 
On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 
Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to the 
Commanders of the several Posts of the Grand 
Army of the Kepublie, situated in Boston, and 
numbered 7, 15, 23, 26, 32, 08, and 113, the sum of 
one hundred dollars to each, to be expended in 
decorating the graves of Union soldiers, in accord- 
ance with an annual custom, said sum to be charg- 
ed to the appropriation for incidentals. 

Alderman Cowdin briefly advocated the order, 
as in accordance with appropriations hitherto for 
the same purpose. 
On motion of Alderman Pope, 
Ordered, That the sum of $33 95 be abated from 
the assessment levied upon Patrick Carberry's 
heirs, for a sewer in Saratoga street, and that the 
same amount be assessed upon Coleman Cook. 

Ordered. That the Superintendent on Sewers be 
directed to construct a sewer in Eliot street, and 
report a schedule of the expense to this Board, 
according to law. 

Ordered, That certain assessments for sewers be 
abated, the owners having made satisfactory set- 
tlements for the right of drainage with the Boston 
Water Power Co. before purchase by the city, on 
Columbus avenue, Canton, Appleton, Newton, Hol- 
yoke, Chandler and Concord streets. 

Orders were read once for the construction of 
sewers in Linden park, Knowlton, Vernon, ami in 
Centre and Highland streets. 
On motion of Alderman Gibson, 
Ordered, That Lewis F. Simmons, occupant of 
store No. 104 Pleasant street, be required to re- 
move forthwith the awning which projects from 
said store, and erected contrary to the provisions of 
the ordinances of the city, in default thereof to be 
prosecuted according to law. 

Ordered, That T. F. Furber, occupant of store 
at the corner of Washington street and Avon 
place, be required to remove forthwith the awning 
which projects from said store, which interferes 
with and obstructs the light of the street lamp. 
On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 
Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade Old Heath street, so called, as 
laid out in 1869, at an estimated cost of $3000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to set the edgestones and pave the gut- 



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ters, crosswalks and side-walks on Clarendon 
street, between Appleton and Chandler streets, 
also to build the necessary cesspools upon and 
macadamize tbe roadway of street, at an estimated 
cost of .Iviyoo. 

Ordered, That permission be granted to Kelley, 
Foley & Co, to erect a bill-board on the westerly 
side of Tremont street, near the Boston & Albany 
Railroad bridge, under the direction of the Super- 
intendent of streets; said bill-board not to exceed 
thirty feet in length, and ten feet in height above 
the sidewalk. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Newlahd street, 
between Upton and Canton streets, to furnish new 
edgestonea to support tbe sidewalk and to lay 
their sidewalks with brick, within twenty days. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Anna M. Amory 
S2768 40 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the laying out of Lamartine street, by a resolve 
of December 10, 1869, to be charged to the Appro- 
priation for Laying Out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of Caro- 
line M. Dehon the sum of $2200, being payment in 
part of damages to their estate oa Eliot "street, at 
the corner of Washington street, arising from the 
widening of the former street, by a resolve of Dec. 
31,1869, to be charged to the Eliot Street Appro- 
priation. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Charles H. 
Parker, attorney for Mary B. Parkman, $672 for 
land taken and all damages occasioned by the 
widening of West street, by a resolve of Feb. 9, 
1869, said land having been taken in the name of 
Mary B. Parkman, to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for laying'out and widening streets. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, an order was 
passed to divide the betterment assessed upon the 
Boston, Hartford & Erie Kailroad Company into 
three parts. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
submitted a resolve and order in print, to reduce 



to grade certain estates as authorized by chapter 
94 of the acts and resolves of the Legislature of 
1869. 

In explanation of the order, Alderman Talbot 
said that the buildings to be taken weie not on the 
streets which were provided for to be reduced to 

¥rade, but on the places and in the rear of streets, 
hese comprise all the buildings which it will be 
necessary to takfo reduce Fort Hill, except a few 
in Pearl place aim in Sturgis place which the abut- 
ters may underpin, without removal. It is be- 
lived the expense will not exceed the amount stat- 
ed in the order. The number of buildings is s-mall, 
and the taking will comprise two schoolhouse lots 
belonging to the city. 

Alderman Jenkins inquired whether the Com- 
mittee had bargained with the owners of property '.' 

Alderman Talbot replied that they were obliged 
to take the property before bargaining, as the Al- 
derman would learn if be had had any experience 
on the subject. Otherwise no reasonable settle- 
ments could be made. It would be impossible to 
carry out the project if they waited until they bar- 
gained with the owners. The parties can go to a 
jury if they feel aggrieved. The Board could have 
no right to enter upon this property without pass- 
ing this order. 

Alderman Cowdin inouired whether the city had 
the right to take the land, and order it to be sold 
after laying out what was necessary for the street 
improvements. 

Alderman Tnlbot replied that the act enabled the 
city to take possession of the building and hold it 
till the streets were gradeo. It bad no other own- 
ership in the land, which goes into the hands of 
the original owners when reduced to grade. 

The resolve and order were passed, the last order 
setting forth that the Board doth adjudge that the 
expense of reducing the grade of said territoiy 
and taking and removing the buildings, as afore- 
said, will amount to the sum of $67,000. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
APEIL 21, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the < amnion 
( ouncil was held this evening, at v.j o'clock, H. E. 
Ii galls, President, in the chair. 

, i | ■.. i ., , THE i; ai;u OF ALlii'.K. ; E . 

The quarterly report of l>r. Load, city Physi- 
( ia ii. was ordered to Le placed on file. 

the petitions of Mary Lyons, Mary Ann Harris, 
t h ■ Everett statue Committee, and o. \\ m. Sc i\ ex - , 
ph Houghton and others, were severally re- 
fer i''<l, in concurrence. 

The report leave to withdraw on petition of Seth 
Whlttier for deed of a lot purchased by ban on 
south Bay was accepted, in concurrence. 

The order allowing the several posts of the 
Grand Army of the Uepublic, in Boston, one hun- 
dred dollars each, to be expended in decorating 
the graves of deceased soldiers, was read once, 
and a motion was made bo suspend the rules for 
its passage. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 objected, and hoped the 
rules would not be suspended, for the order did 
■not tell how many id these pests there were to be 
allowed 41100. it' graves of soldiers were to be 
strewed with flowers, and he did not objecttoit, 
where was the patriotism, if the city was to pay 
the bills. He v, ish.ed CO know how much was to 1 e 
ended before he voted for the order. 

Mr. sea\erns stated that this was in accordance 
with the practice of previous years, and the whole 
amount could be learned hum the provisions of 
the order. 

Mr. Bishop repeated that the city ought not to 
he eatled upon lor the payment Of such bills, for if 
there was any patriotism among the citizens, the 
money should be obtained from those who were 
able to pay i-. 

. Gray of Ward 12 stated that the amount re- 
quired by the order was S100 to each of seven posts 
and much of it would be expended in one lot. 

Mr. Bishop said so much the more objectionable 
would it be, if most of this money was to be ex- 
pended on one lot, given by this city. 

Mr. Temple of Ward 16 stated that the sum men- 
tioned was not the entire expenditure for decora- 
tion of soldiers' graves. There were many soldiers 
buried here who nad no friends in this vicinity, 
and this appropriation was mainly for such uses; 
while those who had friends, would see that their 
graves were decorated. 

Mr. Bishop urged that if the expenditure was to 
be made, it should be to the widows and orphans 
of the soldiers, and leave this to the practical be- 
nevolence and patriotism of the community. 

Mr. Se ivems stated that the sum of $100 was but 
a small part of the expenditures, for members of 
these posts and others outside contributed liber- 
ally, and in some eases from £300 to #500 was ex- 
pended besides this appropriation. It was not in 
Mount Hope Cemetery alone that these graves 
vt ere to he found. Even the smallest towns in the 
state made appropriations for the purpose, and he 
hoped the Council ..ould not refuse to pass the 
order. 

The rules were suspended, and the order was 
passed. 

The order authorizing the making of necessary 
repairs and supplying of furniture to the several 
schoolhouses, at an expense of not more than one 
thousand dollars each, was read once. 

The reference to the Committee on Salaries of 
an order fixing the salary of the Superintendent of 
the Fast Boston Ferries at three thousand dollars 
per year was concurred in. 

The resolve and order to grade certain estates on 
the Fort Hill territory as authorized y Chap. !»4 of 
i he Acts of the Legislature of I860, (printed City 
Doc. No. 41, 1870), was referred to the Committee 
on Streets. 

The report and order authorising a loan of 
twenty-one thousand dollars to l.e added to the 
loan heretofore made for the conveyance of 
water to Deer Island was read twice and passed. 



The Council concurred in the reference to tbp 
Committee on Public Buildings of the request of 
the School Committee for additional acconimoda- 

t inns at the Winthl op street SchOolhOU -e : and the 

request of the game committee for thi 
mentof the Dearborn schoolbouse. 

\i..\i:t nil.:.. 

The Salary bill was taken up, ih < question Ik 
on adnering to former amendments, in which the 
Board of Aldermen uon-< oncurred. 

Mr. (.ray of w aril 12 moved that the Council ad- 
id the increase of the salary oi the 31a; 
clerk to $1800. (allied. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 6 moved that the bill be 
recommitted. Kuled not in order. 

The Council ..'••<> adhered to it< other amend- 
ments in increasing the salary of the Harbor 

, $2000, superintendent of Dover Street Bridge 
to $1200, and of Superintendent of Meridian Street 
Bridge to £1000. 

On motion of Mr. Gray of Ward 12, a committee 
of conferi nee was asked' on bhe disagri patents of 
the two brancbei in relation to the salary bfil. 
Messrs. Gray of Ward 12, Learnard of Ward li and 
Wells of Ward •" were appointed the committee on 
the part of the Council. 

I FINISHED Bl'SINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order authorizing ilie sale of the steam terry 
boat Norfolk. 

Order authorizing the necessary repairs to be 
made upon the various public buildings, [amend- 
ed by substituting Committee on Public Build 
in place of Superintendent.] 

Order authorizing the telegraphic fire-alarm sys- 
tem to be introduced into \\ aril IS, at an expense 
not exceeding sl-7.100. 

OOM] ITTEES. 

Mr. Bond of Wards, .'.cm the Committee on 
streets of the Common Council, to whom was re- 
ferred the resolve and order for the widening cf 
Washington street, between Indiana place and 
Orange street, by takingland belonging to Thomas 
U. seaverns and the Boston & Albany Han 
Company, made a report, as foil >ws: 

The land taken inclu les '.':;.3 square eet. belong- 
ing to the Railroad Company on the southerly 
of the bridge; and 24G square 1 eet belonging to T. W. 
Seaverns on the northerly side of the fridge. The 
width of the r ticet will be increased by the proposed 
widening from forty-four and a half feet to fifty 
feet. Th- estimated expense for all dam 
amounts to $8600. The railroad company b 
given bonds to save the city harmless from any 
claims for damage:; on account of the change of 
grade by the raising cf the bridge, and are dis- 
posed to settle for the land taken rri 111 them upon 
a liberal basis. The Committee would respectful- 
ly recommend the passage of the resolve and 
order. 

The report was accepted, and the order was read 
a second time and passed. 

Mr. Bond, from the same Committee, to whom 
were referred the resolve and order for the widen- 
ing of Summer street, between High and Federal 
streets, maoe a report, that the estimated expense 
of the proposed widening amounts to $10,260. The 
land taken for the purpose from John C. Haynes 
covers 684 square feet, making the cost per foot 
including all damages to buildings, fifteen dollars. 
The Committee would respectfully recommend the 
passage of the resolve and order. 

To a question of - tr. Bishop, whether this amount 
include;! building materials, Mr. Bond replieu 
that it covered all damages. 

The report was accented, an 1 the order was 
passed. 

Mr. Bond, from the same Committee, to whom 
were referred the resolve and order to reduce to 
grade certain (states on the Fort Hill territory, so 
called, made the following report: 

In order to a proper understanding of the sub- 
ject, it is necessary to refer briefly to the action 
which has all eady been taken for the improvement 
of this section of the city. 

By a special act of the Legislature passed in 1805, 

the city was authorized to lay out and grade Oliver 

et, Washington square, and Belmont street, 

and assess the w hole expense, including damages 

operty, upon the estates abutting upon the 

widened streets. 

The work was not begun until the latter part of 
1866, and the grading was not completed until near 



A P R I Jj 2 1 , 18 7 



oy 



the clcse of 1807. The resolve and orders for widen- 
ing the other streets mi the territory were not pre- 
Bented until June, 1869, owing to the wautof a con- 
venient place for deposit of the great quantity of 
earth necessary to he removed in the grading. The 
re -nive and orders were adopted by both branches 
of the City Council, and a loan of $1,4:50,000 was 
authorized to cover the cost of widening and grad- 
ing. 

t'o prevent any obstruction in carrying out the 
improvement, the General Court, in 18t>9, passed 
[in act authorizing the Board of Aldermen to re- 
duce the grade cf estates that required excava- 
tion cm Fort Hill, and for that purpose, to cause 
i urn'. al of buildings whether abutting on 
i or ■ the ■■: i le, in the same manner and with 
ime provision for carnages as is provided in 
i I ition to buildings upon lands taken for streets. 
in August and September of last year, orrieia 
were passed to reduce the grade of certain estates 
ory, under the authority of the ac: 
ned at au estimated expense of J21,- 
500. 'I he resolve and order now presented c;,v< r 
the remainder of the estates on the territory, with 



the ex< ej tdon .1 a few on Pearl \ lace and Sturgis 
. for which different arrangements can be 
made. 

The estimated expense of removing the buildings 
and reducing the grade is $07,000, for which no 



made. 

estimated e 
educing the grade 
new loan is required, as it is to he charged to the 
appropriation of $1,260,000 made last year. Nearly 
one-third of Uie estates described In the resolve 
are now the property of the city of Boston, and th ■ 
increased value of the property alter the grading 
vi ill of course more than cover the damage < ; 
by the rem val of the buildings. In view of the 
foregoing, the Committee would respectfully re- 
port that the resolve and order ought to pass. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 inquired whether th3 or- 
der under consideration was the same which had 
been read this evening as coming from the B< i 
<>i Alderman, for it appeared the same m lan- 
guage. 
The eli air stated that itwas the same. 
Mr. Bishop said a week ago there was a, discur- 
a in the Council relative to certain rights whi in 
itwas supposed to have, hut heie was an order 
which had been referred to a committee this 
evening, coming back reported upon, and writ- 
ten out in advance. 

Mr. Bend said the subject had been fully consid- 
ered at two hearings of the committee. 
Mr. Bishop wished to know of what use it could 
ion upon measures by the Council if 
the committees wen to run the machine. 

The i i ■ :< r the committee was accepted, and a 

motto was made to suspend the rules for the pas- 

of the order. 

.dr. Bishop said the Council could suspend the 

,, rule-., bul it might some time he found that the 

hoot was on the other foot, instead of being the 

ea s a d eyes of the Council, it would appear that 

committees were to control its action. 

Mr. Miiith of Ward 10 said his objection at the 
last in el bag of the Council was not in the passage 
oi an order, it properly understood, but in not 
being considered. It made no difference whether 
an order was passed the same evening it was re- 
poitcd, if it had been considered. In this case, it 
ared that the order had been consideied at 
two sessions of the committee. There were good 
reasons why this should he put through, and he 
hone I it would pass tonight. 

Br. Bishop said if the gentleman was to be 
whipped into subjection, he was willing he should 
swallow the dose, but he could not. 
The tules were suspended. 
Mr. Bishop asked to have the orders read. 
lhe Chair stated that he should ask the gentle- 
m into read it; (the order making forty-two printed 
pages.) 

Mr. Wilkins of Ward 9 moved that the order 
take its reading by it:: title. 

Mr. Bishop wished to know if thev could not be 
read entire, if required. 

The Chair replied that the reading might be sus- 
pended on suspension of the rales. 

The rules were suspended, the order was read 
by its title and passed. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12, from Ure Committee on the 
Assessors' Department, on the resignation of Jas. 



H. Uphara, as an Assistant Assessor, made a re- 
port recommending the election of Otis Kich to 
till the vacancy. 

Orders were offered to authorize the Superinten- 
dent of the Common and Squares to employ the 
laborers required to take care of the Common and 
Squares, at an expense not exceeding $12,000; also 

to purchase trees, plants, &c, at an ex] se not 

exceeding $2000; to hire team work not e tceedi g 
in expense §850, and to purchase manure, sods, 
&c., at an expense not exceeding $800. Severally 
read once. 

A motion to suspend the rules, for ths pas a :■■ 
of the first order, was lest. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 offered an order that 
there be paid for services rendered, bills of per- 
sons directly or indirectly corr.ee red with the City 
Government. Bead once, 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Gray of Ward 12, 
Ordered. That the several joint special or the 
standing committees of the City Council, or of 
either branch, and the several departments of the 
City Government having charge of appropriations, 
lie authorized to enter into eontrac ts in behalf of 
the city with persons connected directly or indi- 
rectly with the City Government, in the same man- 
ner and within the same limitations that such 
Committees or departments are now authorized by 
existing orders or ordinance!' to contract with p< r- 
sons not connected with the City (.overian: nt. 
Mr. Poor of Ward 11 offered the following <>rd •; 
Ordered, That the Directors of the Fast Boston 
Ferries tie authorized to erect a toll bouse, pasi "i - 
ger rooms and coal shed, in connection with Lhe 
ferry landings at the foct of Lewis street, at an 
estimated expense of ¥8000, to be charged to the 
appropriation for Fast Boston Ferries. 

A motion was made to suspend the rules for its 
passage. 

Mr. Bishop said he had no particular objection 
to passing this order, but just now when ait order 
related to the pay of poor laborers, the gentleman 
made objection ; but hci e was a case where a large 
expenditure was to be paid for another purp 
and the rules must be suspended. Be hoped the 
gentleman would be consistent with himself. 

Mr. Poor said he offered the order at the reque 
of the Directors of the Ferries. It had been con- 
sidered in Committee, and theDirecteis wished to 
make their contracts, but he would net press it 
now, if objection was made. 

Mr. Bishop wished to obtain information, and in 
reminding the gentleman of what he said a few 
evenings since, would like to know whether his 
panacea of a Reserved Fund was to Ik- drawn upo: 
to meet this case. 

Mr. Poor stated that the charge was made to the 
account of ferries. 

Mr. Bishop said he supposed that the appropri :- 
tion for femes would all be required in maintain- 
ing them. 
The or ler was read a second time and passed. 
Mr. Wilkins el Ward '■< moved to take from the 
table the order for the appointment of a commit- 
tee on the celebration of the 4th July. Best — 22 
to 25. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 1 i moved to take up the elec- 
tion of Assistant Assessor, in place of Mr. Lpbam, 
resigned. 

Mr. Gray hoped the election would not he taken 
up. The Vacancy occurred in Ward 10, but the 
Committee hail made a nomination from another 
Ward. The gentlemen in Ward it; had not had 
time to prepare ballets, and it was understood that 
the election would not be made tonight. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he had no preferences 
for any one, but in relation to Ward 10 he would 
state that the gentleman who had been nominated 
lived not far from the line of that ward, arid be 
did not know that it was necessary for a man to 
live in a ward to be an assessor in that ward. 

Mr. Parker of Ward 14 proposed the name of 
Oliver Hall as a candidate, who would be accepta- 
ble to that portion of the city. 

lhe Council proceeded to an election, resulting 
in the choice of Otis Rich, bv a vote of 30, to 28 fcr 
Oliver Hall, and 1 for A. R. Holden. 
Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldeimsn, 
APRIL 25, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor s hurtle ft* presiding. 

NOMlNATiONS OF POLICE OFFICERS. 

Harvey N. FoHansb.ee, to le Clerk of Police; I. 
< > il t tit i.ol Lira, us a police officer. These nomi- 
natioi s weie subsequently reported upon and con- 
liimed. 

APP01NTMI ITS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Weighers of Coal— Geo: ge F. Hathaway, Charles 
Darrow, Herbert T. Lawrence. 

Idea surer of Leather — .Melville C. Bragdon. 

special l'olice officers, without pay — Wm. T. 
Hammond, for base I all ground; Lewis Ergley, 
for Howard Athena?um; James L. Baker, for Bos- 
ton Migar Uefineiy; Abraham (J. Morse, for Com- 
monwealth avenue and neighborhood; James 
Shandon, for Liverpool wharf. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AMD REFERRED. 

I. B. I'atten, that sidewalks be laid on Seventh 
and F streets. 

Otis Drury, trustee, to be paid for grade damages 
on Federal street. 

N. K. Tolman and others, that Canton street, 
west of Columbus avenue, be graded, &c. 

D. N. S killings & Co. and others, that Charles 
street be paved with wood fiom Park square to 
Beacon street. 

J. B. Crosby, for the grade of Camden street, 
near the Providence Hailroad. 

Kobert Duard and others, against proposed in- 
crease of fare on the night cars of the Metropoli- 
tan Kaihoad Company. 

Samuel A. Way and others, that Harrison avenue 
be renumbered. 

Severally referred to Committee on Paving. 

John Carr, for leave to exhibit a tame bear in 
the streets of this city. 

Samuel Turner, for license to exhibit dogs at 119 
Haverhill street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Licenses. 

Kobert tiishop and others, that Broad street be 
watered from India wharf to Foster's wharf. 

Timothy Holland, for leave to keep swine in 
Ward 16. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

James Harris and others, for construction of 
drains to estates on Watti and Morni courts. 

T. J. Dunbar and others, that a sewer be laid in 
the new street opened between Dale and Rockland 
streets. 

James Kitchie and others, for a sewer in Marcel- 
la street. 

Daniel Sheehan, for a sewer in and Sixth 
streets. 

Severally referred to Committee on Sewers, 

Cochituate Water Board, for leave to exchange a 
portiou of flighland park for land of the adjoiuing 
estate. 

W. J. Metchear & Co., for leave to exhibit a cir- 
cus company on Madison square. 

Severally referred to Committee on Common. 
&c. 

Boston & Albany Kailroad Co., for payment for 
damages caused by discontinuance of Fayette 
street. 

Representatives of estate of Samuel Whitwell, 
against the extension of Portland street. 

Benjamin F. Mahan and others, that Cambridge 
street be widened from Staniforcl street to Bow- 
doin street. 

Heirs of J. Curtis, for apportionment of Federal 
6treet betterments. 

Mary S. Livermore, for apportionment of Tre- 
ment street betterments. 

Walter Brown, lor leave to locate a floating boat- 
house in Charles river at the foot of Mount Vernon 
street. 

Henry Bartlett and others, heirs of Thomas G. 
Atkins, to be paid for land taken in 1848 to widc^ 
Richmond and Hanover streets. 



James Sturgis, Henry H. Hyde, C. Ellis and oth- 
ers, for the removal of the Old state House. 

l J ulsifer & Payson, George G. Briggs and others, 
for the removal of the Old state House. 

H. P. Langley and others, that a public way be 
opened from 556 Second street. 

Francis M. Ryder and others, that the city wo»ld 
assume the betterments on certain estates on Tre- 
mont street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Streets. 

William Fortune, to be compensated for injuries 
caused by an alleged defect in Congress street. 
Referred to Committee on Claims. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

John Sullivau, Dorchester avenue, beyond the 
Old Colony & .Newport Railroad; August Smith, 
313 Sumner street ; C. & G. Barker, 2 and 4 Chailes- 
town street; C. Tilden. Jr., Dale street, opposite 
Sherman street: B. F. Dwight, corner of Berkeley 
and Boylston streets; H. A. Doe, Fifth street, be- 
tween L and M streets; Annie Cross, Marcella 
sireet; Faulkner, Clarke & Dorr, 241-247 Hanover 
street; Asa Lewis, 6 and 8 Hanover street; John 
B. Watson, 155-165 Portland street; Webster & 
Dixon, Merrimae street, opposite Lancaster street; 
F. Rose, Copelaud street ; D. A. Barry, Sixth street, 
between O and P streets; Daniel M. Robertson, 180 
Marginal street; Kenney, Calder & Co., Chelsea 
stieet, between Decatur & Porter streets; G. F. 
Meacham, 19 Essex street; R. H.Barham, D street, 
between Broadway and Silver street; John Rob- 
bins, 297 Meridian street; T. Seymour, 27 High 
street; Charles Davis, corner ot Ball and Wash- 
ington streets; N.J. Bradlee, Newton and Pem- 
broke streets; Laming & Drisko, corner of How- 
ard and Hampden streets; J. B. Carpenter, Dor- 
chester street; J. Cessnon, corner of C and Ninth 
streets; J. Thayer, 112 Seventh street; Maurice 
Cuny, corner of B and Gold streets; J. i{. Hall, 52 
Bent street; J.A.Kemp, Dorchester avenue; A. 
H. Glover, Lehigh stieet; James M. Shute, 225 
Hanover street; S. M. Shapleigh, Chandler street; 
J. and W. Stewart, Dorchester avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets 

An order of notice was received ft ore the County 
Commissioners of Middlesex county for a further 
hearing of all towns and cities benefited ty the 
maintenance of Maiden bridge, for an assessment 
of-expenses of repairs for the maintenance of said 
bridge, under the act oi'1869, chapter 2G(i, said hear- 
ing to take place Thursday, April 28. lieferred to 
Committee on Bridges. 

An injunction from the Supreme Judicial Court, 
on petition of N. Whiting et al vs. city of Boston, 
was referred to the City Solicitor. 

HEARING ON ORDER OF NOTICE. 

The order of notice for a hearing on the proposed 
laying out of Claiendon street, between Chandler 
street and Columbus avenue, was taken up and the 
report was recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed : 

Ordered, That there 1 e paid to Frederick W. G. 
May, guardian, §7084 for land taken and all dam- 
ages occasioned by the widening of Eliot street, 
by a resolve of Dec. 31, 1869, to be charged to the 
Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Joseph Hay 
$6561 for land taken and all damnges occasioned 
by the widening of Eliot street, by a resolve of 
Dec. 31, 1869, to be charged to the Eliot Street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to George Elz SC780 
for land taken and all damages occasioned by the 
widening of Eliot street, by a resolve of Dec. 31, 
18C9, to be charged to the Eliot street Lrai-:. 

Orders for the construction of sewers in Kirgs- 
ton street; in Centre street, between Highland 
street and Highland avenue, and in Highland ave- 
nue, in Linden park, and in Vernon street. 

Orders for the purchase of a lot of land for the 
enlargement of the Normal schoolhouse lot. at a 
cost of §10,000, and authorizing the Treasurer to 
borrow the money therefor. 

The resolve and order to discontinue a portion 
of Eliot street on estate of Hannah B. Clark, was- 
laid on the table. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The following orders Were passed, .in concur-, 
rence : 

Order to erect toll-house, coal-shed and passen- 
ger rooms at Fast Boston Ferry slip, Lewis street 
at a cost of «8000. 



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Order auth irizing the sale of the steam ferry 
boat .Norfolk. 

Order authorizing the necessary repairs to be 
made upon the various public buildings. 

Older authorizing the Telegraphic Fire Alarm 
system to be introduced into Ward 16, at an ex- 
pense not exceeding twenty-seven thousand one 
hundred dollars. 

The report of the Committee on Candidate to fill 
Vacancy in Board of First Assistant Assessors was 
accepted, and the Hoard proceeded to an election. 

Oliver Hall was chosen First Assistant Assessor, 
in non-concurrence, by a vote of 7 to 4 for Otis 
Rich. 

Ihe order appointing a Committee ot Confer- 
ence on the amendments to the Salary bill increas- 
ing the salaries of the .Mayor's Clerk," Harbor Mas- 
ter, superintendent of Dover street bridge, and 
Superintendent of Meridian street bridge, was 
concurred in, and Aldermen Jacobs, Connor and 
Fierce were joined to the eomminittee. 

The order authorizing contracts to be made with 
persons connected with the City Government, in 
the same manner as with personsnot so connected, 
coming up for concurrence, on motion of Alder- 
man Jacobs it was referred to the Committee on 
Ordinances. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported leave to withdraw on the petition 
of .Nathaniel C. Nash and others, that the city 
•would abply for an act to prevent the location of 
hospitals near sctioolhouses. Accepted 

The same committee reported that leave be 
granted to build stables, as follows: Caspar Schaf- 
er, on Longwood avenue; G. VV. Hobbs & Co., rear 
80 Conant street; John Froctor, corner of Bol- 
ton and Dorchester streets. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Braman from the Committee on 
Health, on the petition of the Inspector of Milk, 
reported an order as follows : 

Ordered, That on and after April 1, 1870, the sal- 
ary of Inspector of Milk be at the rate of .1*1500 per 
annum. 

The order was passed. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Police, 
reported favorably on the nomination of James W. 
Twombly as Captain of Folice, and the nomination 
was confirmed. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Laying 
Out and Widening Streets, to whom was referred 
the order relating to laying out smith street, Ward 
15, as a public street, made a report that as Smith 
street is already a public way, no further action 
thereon is necessary. Accepted. 

Alderman Talbot* from the same Committee, re- 
ported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of licenses to J. W. 
Caldwell to give exhibitions of mesmerism, &e.. 
at Sumner Hall, April 27 to May 4; of l\ F. Hardy, 
to give an entertainment at Mercantile hall, April 
28. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter reported licenses to ten 
newsboys, two boys as bootblacks, to six persons 
as victuallers and innholders, to several persons for 
wagon stands, lor transfer of wagon licenses deal- 
er in second hand articles, &c. Severally ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Committee to vzhoni 
was referred the application of \\ m. Evans for a 
loan from the Franklin Fund, made a report that 
the sureties offered by the applicant arc sufficient, 
and they would recommend that the Treasurer be 
authorized to loan Win. Fvans the sum of #300 
upon the terms and conditions mentioned in the 
will of Benjamin Franklin. Accepted. 

CLAIM OF CHARLES BURRILL. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Claims, to whom was referred the peti- 
tion of Charles Bun ill, that his claim against the 
city may be referred to disinterested persons, and 
also the petition of George B. Upton and others, 
in aid of the same, made a report, recommending 
the passage of the accompanying order, which 
was read once : 

Ordered, That the evidence and arguments upon 
the petition of Charles Burrill, presented to. the 
Joint Standing Committee on Claims lor the year 
1869, printed in City Document No. SjS of that year, 
be referred to three disinterested persons, to be 
selected bv the Joint Standinp Committe on 
Claims of the present City Council, subject to the 
approval Of his Honor, the Mayor, and that said 



referees be authorized to consider said evidence 
aid arguments, an I determine finally whether 
any thug, and If any thing, what, is justly and 
equitab'y due from the cijy to said Burrill, upon 
his claim; and his Honor the Mayor is heieby au- 
thorized to execute, in behalf <>f the city, the 
necessary agreement of sul mission to said referees; 
provided that said Burrill shall agree in writing 
to aoide the award of said referees. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on ('.aims, 
to whom was referred the petition of Biadstreet 
1*. Woodman, to be compensate 1 for injuries 
caused by an alleged delect in Milk street, made a 
report, reconimenping that the petitioner have 
leave to withdraw. Accei ted. 

Alderman Talbot, i'r< m Ihe Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Printing, to whom was referred the 
request of the publishers and proprietors of daih 
newspapers in this city for a bearing in relation to 
the contract lor city advertising, made a report 
that they had given the petitioners a hearing, and 
would recommend the passage of the accompany- 
ing order: 

Ordered, That on and after the 1st day of May, 
1870, all the advertising required by the several de- 
partments of the City Government having control 
of appropriations, be charged to the Department 
Appropriations; and that all advertising required 
by the several city officers or departments not hav- 
ing the control of appropriations be charged to 
the general appropriation for advertising; and all 
charges against said appropriations shall be ap- 
proved by the Committee on Fruiting. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
pa::sed. 

CONTRACTS WITH BOSTON & ALBANY RAILROAD 
c i: ANY. 

Alderman Talbot, from the special committee 
appointed to take charge of all unfinished business 
relating to matters between the Boston & Altai y 
Railroad Company and this city, made a report 
th it they hive negotiate 1 with that corporation for 
the raising of the bridge in Washington street 
over the railroad, and for raising the grade of 
Washington street, between Fine street and Lev- 
ering place, and the lateral streets connected 
therewith; and m furtherance of such negotiation 
the committee would recommend the passage of 
the accompanying order; 

Ordered, '1 hat His Honor the Mayor be and he 
hereby is authorized to execute the accompanying 
agreement with the Boston & Albany Kailroad 
Company for the raising of the grade ot Washing- 
ton street, and the bridge over the railroad, and 
the lateral streets connecting therewith, between 
Fine street and l.overing plate. 

Alderman Talbot, in explanation of the report, 
stated that under this agreement the railroad com- 
pany agreed to make the bridge the width of the 
proposed widening of the street/to maintain the 
bridge and pay all damages arising irom the rais- 
ing of the grade of the street, and the city on its 
part to release to the railroad company a strip of 
land to be used for railroad purposes, for another 
track, and for the buttresses of the bridge. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, the order to es- 
tablish grades of Washington and adjoining 
st eets, near Boston & Albany Kailroad bridge, 
was taken from the table and passed. 

Alderman Fope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
on the petition of Augustus W. Fen in, for the 
postponement of the collection of a sewer assess- 
ment for a sewer in Ferrin street, reported no 
action necessary. Accepted. 

Alderinnn Jenkins, from the Committee on 
.Faneuil Hall, reported in favor of granting the pe- 
tition of John 1). W. Joy and others, for the use" of 
Faneuil Hall, May 26, for a festival. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
the .Metropolitan Kailroad Company, to be allowed 
to charge ten cents fare in their night cars. Ac- 
cepted. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On petition of Jordan, Marsh & Co., for leave to 
put up a steam engine and boiler at their store, 242 
Washington street. Hearing, Monlav, May 16, I P. 
M. 

On petitions for leave to erect stables as follows : 
Charles F. Burck, Orange court; John Gallagher, 
on Clay and Hampshire Btreets; C. S. Parker St 
Boss, 144 Charles street ; H. V. Hayward, No. 1 Cey- 



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Ion street; Timothy F. Bowe, Sheridan aveune. 
Hearings severally Monday, .May 2, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed laying out oi' Ball street and 
the change of name to Ellsworth street. Hearing 
Monday, May 9, 4 1'. M. 

On the proposed laying out of Trask place, and 
on the proposed laying out of .Madison street, be- 
tween shawmut avenue and Washington street. 
Hearings Monday, May 9, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in Provi- 
dence street, between Berkeley and Church streets. 
Hearing Monday, May 2, 4 P. St. 

CEDEBS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Branian, 

Ordered, Thai the Ciminittee on Health, with 
the aid of the police, be instructed to examine into 
the condition of the several "tenement houses" in 
this city, and to report what additional regula- 
tions, if any, are required to promote the cleanli- 
ness and health of their occupants. 

ordered, That all persons giving notice of inten- 
tention to build tenement houses, and requiring 
permits from the Chief of Police, shall first obtain 
permission of th? .•superintendent of Health, or bis 
assistant. 

ordered, That Geo. YV. Decatur be duly licensed 
to sprinkle streets with sale water, in Boston High- 
lands, upon such terms and conditions as the oc- 
cupants of buildings and owners of vacant lands 
may agree upon with said Decatur, subject to such 
rules and regulations for watering the streets as 
have been auopted by the Board of Aldermen. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the expense incurred in printing 
and binding the police rules and regulations be 
ch-irged to ihe appropriation for police. 

Ordered. That C. D. Demerett & Co., No. 77 Lev- 
erett street; Ch irles B. Pevear, 1883 Washington 
street; Severus & Co., 13 North Market street; 
Benjamin D. Young. 12 Beach street, and M.J. 
Whipple & Co., t;5 Cornhill. be required to lemove 
forthwith the several awnings which project from 
the buildings occupied by them, respectively, and 
which obstruct the light from the neighboring gas 
lamps, and in default of such removal that said 
several parties be prosecuted according to law. 

Ordered, That the bill of John o. Hall, amount- 
ing to $1210 75, for coal furnished for the East Bos- 
ton ferries, under an order of the directors of said 
ferries, with" ut being advertised for, as required 
by ordinance, be paid, when audited and approved 
iii the usual manner 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the sum of J8J 70 be abated from 
the assessment levied upon James M. Keith for a 
sewer in Hawthorn stieet. 

Ordered, That the payment of an assessment for 
sewer, levied upon Patrick Curley, on Warren 
street, amounting to §52 50, be postponed until the 
estate is drained into the sewer. 

Ordered, That the sum of $32 74 be abated from 
an assessment levied upon Albert Stoddard for a 
sewer in Chandler street. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to set the edgestones and pave the gut- 
ters and sidewalks on Lawrence street, from 
Berkeley street to Dartmouth street; also to build 
the necessary cesspools upon and macadamize 
the roadway of said street, at an estimated cost of 
$5000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to set the edgestones and pave the gutters 
and crosswalks on Kendall street; also build the 
necessary cesspools upon and macadamize the 
roadway of said street, at an estimated cost of 
$5500. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on the westerly 
side of Lawrence street, from Berkeley street to 
Dartmouth street, to furnish edgestones to support 
the sidewalk and to lay the sidewalk with brick 
within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Kendall Sireet 
to furnish edgestones to support the sidewalk and 
to lay their sidewalks with brick within twenty 
days. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Chadwick street 
to furnish edgestones to suppoitthe sidewalk, and 
to lay their sidewalk with brick within tweui 
days'. 

Ordered, 1 bat the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Alaska, Perriu, 



Waverlev and Moreland streets to furnish new 
edgestones to support the sidewalks and to lay 
the sidewalks with brick within twenty days. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be purchased of James A. 
White, for the sum of $2400, subject to the better- 
ment of Oliver street, upon his giving a deed for 
the same satisfactory to the City Solicitor, his 
estate on Oliver sireet, containing about 492 square 
feet, and that the same be charged to the Fori Hill 
Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Ebenezer John- 
son and W. H. Mann $21,572 54, for land taken and 
all damages occasioned by the extension of 
Brimmer street, by a resolve of Oct. 9, 18C8, to be 
charged to the appropriation for laying out and 
widening streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John C. Haynes 
$10,260 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of sumner street, by a resolve of 
April 22, 1870, to be charged to the appropriation 
for laying out and widening streets. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, orders to quit on 
the taking of certain estates on Fort Hill were 
passed, including Margaret Bralley, Moses Kimball, 
heirs of Lebbeus Stetson and others, the parties be- 
ing ordered to vacate their premises on or before 
the 30th of April next ensuing; also on certain 
other persons, heirs of Nathaniel Parker, Luke 
Bemis and others, requiring them to vacate their 
premises ou or before the 20th of May next ensu- 
ing. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, orders were 
passed for the abatement of nuisances on Leverett, 
Bolton, Mercer, Oates, Eighth, Merrimac, Pleas- 
ant, Emerald and Village streets; also on Wash- 
ington, Garland and Dover streets. 

On motion of Alderman Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer, under the di- 
rection of the Committee on the Fire Department, 
be authorized to employ during the next financial 
year such addittional assistance in his office and 
department as may be deemed necessary, provided 
the expense thereof shall not exceed $2000, to be 
charged to the Appropriation for Fire Depart- 
ment. 

Alderman Hawes also offered the following or- 
der: _. 

Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department, with the approval of the Committee 
on the Fire Department, during this financial year 
make such purchases of horses, material and sup- 
plies for the use of this department, and make 
such repairs on the engine, hose and hook and 
ladder carriages, as may be needed : provided, that 
such expenditures for any one purpose shall not 
exceed the sum of $2000, to be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Fire Department. 

Aldeanan Talbot doubted whether so large an 
expenditure should be made for each lire company. 
If horses were ta be purchased it might be neces- 
sary and well enough, but he thought $2000 too 
much to be expended without a direct vote of the 
City Government. If any appropriation is neeued 
exceeding $1000, it should le asked lor separately. 

The order was rejected, Aldermen Cowdin and 
Hawes only voting for it and nine Aldermen 
against it, Aldermen Pratt absent. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, subsequently, 
the vote on rejection was reconsidered, and the 
order was laid on the table. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 

Ordered, That the ..ommittee on Laying Out and 
Widening Streets consider the expediency of tak- 
ing measures to widen Washington street to a uni- 
form width of 80 feet from Maiden street to Hay- 
market square. 

Alderman Cowdin, in support of the order, said 
that some day the widening of Washington street 
would be a necessitv in order to' do the business of 
this city. The preliminary step must be taken, 
and eveiv day's delay but increases the difficulty 
and expense. Sometime there must be wide ave- 
nues through the city, by Trcmont street, Harri- 
son avenue and Albany street, as well as through 
Washington street. 'Ibe business of the city could 
not be transacted in any other way. 

Alderman Talbot said, with all due deference to 
the Alderman , he hoped the order would not have 
even a reference. There was no objection to the 
gentleman's holding an opinion on tht, subject, 
but the inquiry at the present time would only 
prove mischievous. 

Alderman Cowdin said he did not care about 
pressing the order, and would not object to bavirg . 
it laid on the table. 



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The order was laid on tlie table. 
On motion ol" Alderman Talbot, 
The order authorizing the conveyance of the lot 
of land lying between 8t. James and Dartmouth 

streets to the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts 
with certain conditions, was taken from the table 
and considered. 

The first and second conditions affixed to ihe 
grant are as follows: 

First, that the building or buildings to be erect- 
ed upon said lot shall, with the exception of the 
porch, steps and buttresses, be set tack not less 
than thirty feet from each of the streets upon 
which said' land is bounded. 

Second, that the exterior walls of the building o~ 
buildings to be erected on said lot shall be of 
brick, stone or iron, and are to boused and devoted 
to the promotion of the fine arts. 

In place of the third condition, providing that 
$150,000 shall be subscribed and collected and the 
building begun within two years from the 1st of 
May, 1870, Alderman Talbot offered the follow- 
ing: 

lh ; rd, that a wing or section of the proposed 
building, costing not less than $150,000, shall be 
completed and ready for occupancy within two 
years from May t, 1870. 

Fourth, that the city shall not be liable fo grade 
damages consequent "upon the raising of Dart- 
mouth street, and of lateral streets which it 
may be found necessary to raise in connection 
with it, for obtaining proper approaches to the 
bridge over the Bosion & Albany and Boston & 
Providence Kailroads ai that point; and in case 
said corporation neglects to build and maintain 



proper retaining walls for said street, then the city 
reserves the right to use such portions of the 
premises hereby conveyed as will make proper 
earth embankments to protect said street. 

Alderman Talbot said he understood the third 
condition would be satisfactory to the corporation, 
and it was very clear that the city should not be 
liable for damages, through any* neglect in pro- 
viding for such change of grade as may be found 
necessary, or in providing convenient access to it 
from the* bridges in its vicinity. 

The amendments were adopted. 

Alderman Cowdin moved to recommit, with in- 
structions to consider if a wing or portion of the 
building could not be dedicated as a memorial hall 
in honor of the fallen heroes of the recert war. 

Alderman Hawes doubted whether under the 
gift of the land for the purposes of a public paik, 
or for a museum of line arts, such an agreement 
could lie made. 

Alderman Talbot did not think it was worth 
while to recommit for the purpose proposed. It 
would be better to get the o| inion of the City So- 
licitor, whether any portion of the building can be 
put to such use. if the Alderman wished delay 
("or a week longer to get r-uch an opinion it would 
be well, but not oiherwise. 

Alderman Cowdin said he thanked the Alder- 
man for his kind suggestion, and he would en- 
deavor to get the opinion of the City Solicitor on 
the subject. 

Alderman Hawes moved that the order be laid 
over. Carried. 

Adjourned. 



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Proceedings ol the Coimiiuii Council, 

APRIL 28, 1870. 



The regular W33kly mjeting of the Common 
Council w is li :1 I this evening at 7>g o'clock, M. B. 
[ngalls, the President, in the v hair. 

PAVEB8 I I! H THE BOARD OP A!, UK B . : E •:. 

a request of the Cochituate Water Board, and 

petition of \Y. ,!. Metchear & Co. and of W m. For- 
tune, were referred in concurrence. 

Rep'ort of leave to withdraw on the petition of 
l?. l'. Woodman, to be compensated for injui Lea 
sustained by an alleged defect in Milk street, was 
accepted, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally rend once: 

Order t> pay a bill of $1216 75, for coal furnished 
for the East Boston Ferries. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
James A. White, on Oliver street, for .-L'400. 

Order authorizing the employment of additional 
assistance in th3 office of Chief-Engineer of the 
Fire Department, a; an expense not exceeding 
$2000. 

Heport an I order authorizing the Mayor to exe- 
cute an agreement with the Boston & Albany 
Railroad Company for the raising of the grade of 
Washington street, and the bridge over the rail- 
road, and the lateral streets connecting therewith, 
between I'ii'.e street and Lowering place. 

The reference to the Committee on Ordinances 
of the order to authorize contracts to be male 
with person:; connected with the City Govern- 
ment was concurred in. 

The following orders were severally read twice 
and passed : 

Report and order, that from and after Mayl, 
1870 ; the advertising required by the Departments 
having control of appiopriations be charged to 
the department appropriations ; that the advertis- 
ing required by the officers and departments not 
having control of appropriations he charged to 
the appropriations for advertising; and that said 
charges be approved by the Committee on Print- 
ing. 

Report and order authorizing the purchase of 
thirty-eight hundred and twenty feet, more or 
less, of land, adjoining the Normal Scboolhouse 
lot; at a cost not exceeding ten thousand dollars, 
and authorizing a io m of such sum to pay for the 
same. 

Oliver Hall \/.is elected, in concurrence, as a 
First Assistant Ass?PSor, to ii'.l a vacancy, Ly a 
vote of 29, to 13 for Otis Lien.. 

i .!■•; .f.iiKi) buui: :ei .-. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and pal sod : 

Order authorizing the employmemVcf buch la- 
borers as maybe required upon the Common, Pub- 
he Garden and public squares, at a cost i.oi ex- 
ceeding twelve thousand dollars. 

order authorizing the purchase of trees, plants, 
vines, seeos, shiuis and bulls for thsC<mmon, 
Public Garden and public squares, at an expense 
not exceeding two thousand dollars. 

Order authorizing the hire of team work for the 
Common, l*ublic Garden and public squares, at a 
cost not exceeding eight hundred and fifty dollars, 

Order authorizing the purchase of manure and 
sods for the Common, Public Garden and public 
squares, at an expense not exceeding eight hun- 
dred dollars. 

order authorising the payment of the bill for 
services rendered or materials furnhhed by Cham- 
berlain and Marston. 

Order authorizing the making of necessary re- 
pairs and supplying of furniture to the several 
schoolbouses, at an expense of not more than one 
thousand dollgrs each. 

PETIXIO S PHEtJEHTED A [> KKIKlMitJ). 

Susan H. M. Swan, to be paid for injuries came ! 
by a defect in Winthrop street. 

Thos. M. Prentiss to be paid for r< rsonal injuries 
sustained hy an alleged defect in Dudley street. 



. . rally rel the Committee on < La 

D.and T. Darling and Meads, for ex: time 

for building upon lots of land purchase 1 of to 
on ftroa i way. one year from May 24, 1»71. deferred 
to the Committee on I u Lie l.ai 
Win. L. Duddy and others, laboring men ma- 
il on Commons and squares, to be placed on 
an equality with laborers of other departments of 
rhe city. K< ferred to the Committee on I mmons 
and Squares. 

J; I ;: IS 07 OOHH1TTE1 3. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12, from tlie Committee of the 
Common Council appointed to confer with such 
Committee as the Hoard of Aldermen might ap- 
point on the subject of the difference between 
the two branches of the City Council in relation to 
certain amendment i to the .--alary bill, m ide a re- 
port that they have e< nferred with a < ommittee '>i 
the Board of Aldermen, and have agreed to m ike 
the following recommendations, namely: 

That the salary of the Mayor's clerk should be 
fixed at $1803. 

That the salary of the Harbor Master should be 
fixed at $1700. 

That the salary of the Superintendent of Dover 
Street Bridge should be lixed at $1200. 

That the salary of the Superintendent of Meridian 
Street Bridge should ~>>e fixed at tflOOO. 

The report was accepted. 

REPORT Ol: EXTENSION OF BROADWAY. 

Mr. Bond of Wards, from the Committee on 
streets of the Common Council, to whom was re- 
ferred the request for an additional appropriation 
for the extension of Broadway from Federal street 
to Albany street, with instructions to ascertain 
the probable cost of removing the whole structure, 
and also the probable expense of completing the 
same, so as to c inform to the present grade of 
Federal and Albany streets, submitted the follow- 
ing report : 

The resolve an:! orders for the extension of 
Broadway were passed May .!, 1869. The Board of 
Aldermen adjudged the expense for land damages 
at $22G,586 11. 'Ih3 estimates of the City Engineer 
for bridges and approaches amounted to (296,276 : 
and the contingent expenses were put down at 
siiT.i:;? 83— to give the round sum of $660,000, for 
Which a loan was made. The contemplated change 
of grade at the starting point on Federal street 
only involve I a raising of some eighteen inch°s or 
two feet. At the westsrly end of the extension, 
the junction with Alliany street, no change of 
grade was proposed. 

On the 4th .of .May, 18G9, an order was passed by 
the Board of Aldermen authorizing the Superin- 
tendent of Streets, under the direction of the 
Committee on Paving, to build, by contract, or 
otherwise, th" necessa y bridges or other struc- 
tures for the extension of Bro"a Iway from Fe leral 
street to Albany street, according to the plan 
adopted by the City Council, the expense to b3 
charged to* the Appropriation for the Extension of 
Broadway. 

Plans propose land submitted by the Mrs -lev 
Iron Bridge Company were examined and appi »v- 
ed hy the City Engineer and adopted by the Com- 
mittee. Proposals were advertised for and the 
contract was awarded to the Moseley Company. 
it appears that the Committee on Paving were not 
familiar with the act of the Legislature under 
which the structure over Fort Point Channel was 
authorized to be built; and after they had adopted 
the plans it was found necessary by the Ha Oi 
Commissioners to suggest some modifications to 
make them conform to the peculiar provisions of 
the act of 18G(>, chapter 188; namely, that 
the bridge should he "in accordance with 
the mode of construction described and rec- 
ommended in the seventh report of the U. S. Com- 
missioners on Boston Harbor." These modifica- 
tions of the plans involved an additional expense 
of about f 37,000 ; and I he contract, as finally award- 
ed to the Moseley Co., amounted to $331,708 7ii. 
The contract tor the stone abutments and retain- 
ing walls was awarded to Messrs Clip)) Jfc Ballon. 

Some time during the month of August, 1869, 
and before work under the contract had been fairly 
entered upon, the Board of Aldermen decided 
upon a change of grade on Albany Street anil Fe 1- 
j eral street, by which the former was raised abi u'. 
^ four and a half feet, and the latter about five feet. 
Although the change involved an additional ex- 
| ease, now estimated at $210,000, for which no pro- 
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Aldermen proceeded with the work upon the new 
grade without as king for ;my additional appropri- 
ation) or land; hing any information 'to the other 
branch of the Government. 

The estimated additional amount now required 
lur completing the work is $->50,000, making the 
total coyt $1,000,000, divided as follows: 

Excess over 
estimates. 

Bridges and approaches $441,276 00 145,000 

1, a lid damages (including es- 
tates purchased) 321,586 17 95,000 

Grade damages 210,000 00 2x0,000 

I'llaneous 27,137 8:; 

$1,000,000 450,000 
We have received and transmit herewith a care- 
fully prepared statement from the treasurer of the 
Moseley iron Building Company, by which it ap- 
pears that the additional appropriation asked for 
under the item of ''bridges and approaches" is not 
due to the adoption of tneir plan. Their proposal, 
based upon the original specifications, was $80,600, 
below that of the next lowest bidder ; and even 
after the changes proposed by the Harbor Com- 
missioners, their contract was $43,291 24 below 
any other proposal. The payment* made on the 
contract up to the 15th or February amounted to 
$230,721, leaving the amount still due $ 101,000. 

The revised estimates for bridges, abutments, 
&<•.. prepared by the City Kngineer, are as follows ; 
Bridges and approaches complete with oak 
plank roadway for all the structures, except die 
portions filled solid, the latter paved com- 
plete $300,000 00 

Add difference between oak plank road- 
way and iron plates and paving 40,000 00 

Add increase by Harbor Commissioners. 37,208 70 
Increased cost of portions rilled solid, 

owing to change of grade, &c 34,100 77 

Add brick piers, &c, and amount due 

Clapu & Bnilou 21,000 00 

Add superintendence, engineering, 
soundings, &c 10,582 07 

$442,891 00 

The estimates for grade damages prepared by 
the Committee on streets of the Board of Alder- 
men are as follows: 

The payments already made to Blair. Proctor & 
Skinner for raising buildings in Federal street and 
vicinity amount to 45,000. The estimated amount 
yet to be paid for grade damages at the South 
Boston end 0/ the bridge, $15,000; estimated ex- 
pense for grade damages on Albany, Way, Seneca, 
Uneida and Lehigh streets, $150,000— making a to- 
tal of $210,000 

The board of Aldermen have not yet established 
the grade of the streets running into Albany street 
near its junction with Broadway: and the esti- 
mates are based on a grade proposed ■ y the super- 
intendent of Streets, the City Surveyor and the 
City Kngineer, giving an ascent to the bridge of 
three feet in one hundred. 

it should be understood that these estimates do 
not cover the cost of regrading and repaying the 
streets at either end of the-bridge. The paving de- 
partment has already provided for that portion of 
the work m Federal street and vicinity, and the 
expense ',11 the Boston side, estimated at $7500, 
will probably be charged to the paving appro- 
priation. 

The excess of $95,000 over the original estimates 
for land damages includes $30,090 lor estates pur- 
chased. The remainder of the sum, $65,000, is con- 
sidered sufficient by the Committee on streets of 
the Board of Aldermen to rnvf tvie unsettled 
claims for damages 

Your committee are not prepared to indorse any 
of the foregoing estimates for. the completion of the 
■work. They have obtained from the best sources 
available to rhem all the information calculated 
to aid the Council in forming an intelligent opin- 
ion upon this important subject, and this informa- 
tion they have endeavored t > present ae fully and 
clearly as possible. 

In regard to the probable cost of removing the 
structure, the Committee are unable to furnish 
anything more than a very general statement. 

In repiy to an inquiry addressed to the Moseley 
Company, the Treasurer states that eighty per- 
cent, of all the material has been provided, under 
their contract, an 1 the remainder has long since 
been contracted for. They arc already entitled to 
$20,000 lor work performed since the IDtli February; 



and in view of the injury to their reputation and 
business position by the abandonment of the work, 
they are not disposed to make any reduction in the 
amount named in the contract, if it should be can- 
celled at this time. 

Messrs. Clapp & Ballou state that they will re- 
move all the stones and rilling put in by them for 
the sum of $18,590. They do not wish to buy any 
part of the materials, as they have no present use 
for them. 

The amount paid for land taken and damages to 
buildings and business, would be a total loss to 
the city bv the discontinuance of the B n - eet~ as the 
land would revert to the persons from whom it 
was taken. The damages from change of grade 
on the south. Boston side, amounting to at least 
f?eo,000, would also be a totalloss by the removal 
of the structure. 

I ndoubtedry the material furnished by the 
bridge builders would le sufficiently valuable to 
pav for removal, iut what amount would be pud 
for it beyond that, the committee cannot ascer- 
tain, without advertising for proposals. Probably 
it would cost between tfbOO.OOO and $700,000 to can- 
cel the contracts and remove the structures in the 
present condition of the work. 

Upon the quasiion of the expediency of contin- 
uing this work the committee are unable to 
agree; and without making any recommendation 
upon the orders referred to rhem, they respectfully 
submit the foregoing statement of the essential 
facts in the case, and ask to he discharged from 
the further consideration of the subject. 

Signed by S. B. Bond as chairman, for the com- 
mittee. 

Laid en the table and ordered to be printed. 

orders! 

On motion of Mr. Cray, 

ordered. That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to sell the paicel of land in the 
rear of the silver street Primary Schoolhouse 
containing two hundred feet, more or less, the 
proceeds of said sale to be paid into the Citj Treas- 
ury. 

Head twice and passed. 

On motion of Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, an order 
was passed to pay bills of persons directly or indi- 
rectly connected with the City Government. 

Mr. Tucker of "Ward Goffered the following or- 
der: 

Whereas, George Demary, a member of the Fire 
Department, and attached to Engine Company No. 
10, was seriously injured at a tire on the 19th .March 
last, while in the discharge oi' his duty- 
Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to 
George Demary the sum of $103 on account of in- 
juries received while in the discharge of his duty 
as a member of the Fire Department, said sum to 
be charged to the appropriation for the Fire De- 
partment. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 moved the reference of- 
the order to the Committee on Claims, which was 
lost, when it was ordere 1 to a second reading. 

On motion of Mr. Learnard of Ward 11, 

Ordere 1, That the Committee on Finance be re- 
quested to report whether there are any unexpend- 
ed balances of special appropriations which it 
would be expedient to place to the credit oi the 
sinking fund. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Lands 
be requested to report whether there are any lots 
of land owned by this city beyond the city's limits, 
for which taxe'i are paid; also the purposes for 
which such lands are held, and whether it would 
be expedient to dispose of them at public auction, 
an l pav the procse is int. > Stas City Treasury. 

Mr. Woods of Ward 12 offered ihe following 
orders, which were refer: ed to the Coinmit.cc on 
Fast Boston Ferries: 

Ordered, That the Director; of the Fast Bosl in 
Ferries be and they hereby are authorized to pur- 
chase a steam ferry boat for sail ferries, at an 
expense not exceeding $30,000. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be, and he he ehy 
i 1 authorized to borrow, under the direction of th • 
Committee on Finance, a sum not exceeding $30,- 
000, the same to be apj/i opriated for the purchase 
of a steam ferry boat for the Fast Boston Ferries. 

Bead once. 

Mr. Poo.- of Ward 11 offjred the following ordet i 

Ordered, That the Join: Standing Committee on 
Fast Boston Ferries be aid they are herebj au- 
thorized to settle with th • persons em doyed as 
inspectors of the ferry property from Dsccml 
1839, to April, 1870-, in a32 >r 1 10c- with the as 



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COMMON C O U N C I L 



ment between the city and the East Boston Ferry 
Company, the amount paid in said settlement to 
be charged to the appropriation for East Boston 
Ferries. 

Bead once. 

.Mr. Kogers of Ward 15 offered an order for the 
repair of I. ongwood avenue, which was ruled out. 

On motion of Mr. Wilkms of AVard 9, the order 
to provide for the celebration of the 4th of July 
was taken from the table. 

Mi . Smith of Ward 10 advocated economy in this 
matter, as a good place to begin, and moved to 
make the cost #10,000, which was lost. 

A motion of Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 to substi- 
tute $15,000 for $25,000, as the expense of the cele- 
bration, was lost, 22 lo 28. 

/.It. i'ioi' of Ward 11 proposed an amendment 
that the amount be £18,000. 



Mr. Gray of Ward 12 moved that the sum to be 
expended be left blank, so that the Committee 
might determine at how small an expenditure the 
celebration could he carried out. 

Mr. Wells of Ward .'! objected to leaving the sum 
undetermined, in the belief that the Committee 
would be more extravagant. 

Mr. Boor modified his motion to make the ex- 
pense $20,000. 

The amendment was carried, when the motion 
of Mr. (iray was withdrawn, and the order as 
offered was passed, by a vote of 53 to 1. 

An order was read once authorizing the Cochit- 
uate Water Board to report in print. 

On motion of Mr. Bishop of Ward 7, 8 'clock was 
fixed upon as the hour of meeting of the Council 
until otherwise ordered. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD UF ALDEKME X 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 2, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtleff presiding. 

A" i 'OINTMENTS HADE AMD CONFIRMED. 

Special Police Officers, without pay — Crawford 
Daggett, Herbert A. Skinner and Stephen Lynch, 
for Fitchburg Railroad station; Jos. K. Low, John 
Kinney and Charles Chittenden, for Boston Gas 
Light Company's works. 

APPOINTMENTS OF FOLICE OFFICERS. 

Sergeants Jos. B. Blanehard, George Emerson, 
George F. Gould and Oliver Whitcomb to he lieu- 
tenants of police. Referred to Committee on 
l'olice. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Thomas B. Williams, for the grade of A'tlantic 
avenue, atCentral wharf. 

Eben Jackson and others, that Dorchester 
avenue be graded at Broadway. 

Patrick Donahue and others, that Stoughton 
street (Ward 11) may be graded, &c. 

Win. Rumrill and others, that Seneca street in 
Roxbury be called Laurel street. 

Win. A. Garbett, for the grade of Warren street 
between Grove Hall avenue and ynincy street. 

B. K. Curtis and others, that Marlborough street 
be graded between Arlington and Berkeley streets. 

Charles P. Herrick, that Newton street, west of 
Columbus avenue, be graded, &c. 

Jarvis W. Dean, that a private way, leading 
from George street, be named Jarvis place. 

Daniel Harrington, for grade of Vernon street 
near h ; s estate. 

Edward T. stowers and others, that Moore street 
be graded from Pope street to Saratoga street. 

Trustees of Female Medical College, that Stough- 
ton street be graded. 

H. D. Bradt. that etlgestones be furnished oh the 
line of Forest street, near No. 73. 

Daniel Breen, that Livingston place be called 
Breen avenue. 

Horace T. Rockwell and others, that Grove Hall 
avenue be graded between Dudley and More- 
land streets. 

Henry C. Waiuwright and others, that Beacon 
street, west of Dartmouth street, to the city line, 
be watered by the city during the dry season. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Geo.W. Carries & Co., for leave to suspend a net- 
work s ; gu across Summer street at Nos. 40-45. Re- 
ferred to Committee on Police. 

S. M. Haynes (lessee), to be paid for damages 
caused by the widening of Hanover street. 

Samuel A. Way, to be paid for damages cauesdl y 
the closing up of Way street. 

Edward Fuckerman, against the extension of 
Portland street to Devonshire street. 

Mary E. Murphy (lessee), to be paid for damages 
caused by change of grade in Federal street. 

James W. Leacherbee, for apportionment of Fed- 
eral street betterments. 

John P. Townsend, that a street be laid out con- 
necting Munroe street and Townsend street. 

Worthington, Flanders & Co. and others, 
against the proposed removal of the Old state 
House 

C. E. Fuller & Co and others, for removal of the 
Old State House. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Cornelia B. Moses, for postponement of collec- 
tion of assessment for sewer on Washington 
street, No. 1886. 

Superintendent of Public Buildings, for a sewer 
in Dale street, to accommodate the Lewis School- 
house. 

J. & W. R. Cavanagh, for a sewer in Eighth 
street, west of D stieet. 

Joseph White, Jr., for postponement of collec- 
tion of assessment for a sewer in Mount Pleasant 
avenue. 

Severally referred to the Comuiitte : on Sewers. 

Owen Nawn, for leave to sprinkle certain streets 
i~ Roxbury. 



Harrison G. Hunt and others, for abatement of a 
i.u ; since near Washington park. 

Arthur H. Wilson, for leave ro erect a stable on 
Fifth street, between K and L streets. 

severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

Oeorge. if. Chickering and others, that fence ana 
frees in centre of West Chester park be continued 
to Colum -us avenue. Referred to Committee on 
Common, &c. 

I.. B. .uorse and others, that the Roxbury canal 
be rlredged out. Referred to the Committee on 

1 1 Ml ".J >1S. 

Roswell K. Browu, for abatement of taxes for 
lKi.K, '69. Referred to Committee on Assessors' De- 
partment. 

Robert E. Keith, for appointment as Superin- 
tendent of Broadway Bridge. Referred to Commit- 
t •(■ on Bridges. 

K Imund K. Alden and 255 others, against open- 
in r, thc^ Public Library on Sundays. Referred to 
Committee on the Public Library. 

A remonstrance of G. H. Vincent and others 
against the proposed disbanding of Engine Com- 
pany \o. 17 was referred i;o Committee on Fire De- 
partment. 

A peiition was received from Major-General 
John G. Foster, U. S. Engineer Corps, for leave to 
remove two wooden buildings from Gallop's 
Island to Point Allerton, on which the followii g 
order was passed — 

On motion oi Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, 'lhat leave be granted to Ainjor-Oeneral 
F stir, D. s. Corps of Engineers, who has charge 
of the improvements in Boston harbor, to remove, 
subject to the approval of the Birard of Directors 
for Public Institutions, and without expense to the 
city, two of the wooden buildings now standing 
n on Gallops Island, for the purpose of their 
being reconstructed at Point Allerton, where a sea 
wall is to be built. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO Bl'II.D. 

A. J. Strout, Dudley street, near Dana place; 
Julah Sears & Sou, Brondwuy, between 1. and nl 
streets; Frame & Jordan, Lexington street, be- 
tween Putnam S: Prescoti streets; E.F.Dewey, 
3fe9 Princeton street; S. s. Putnam & Co., near 
Erickson street. Port Norfolk; Wm. smith. No. 
south street; I. & H. M. Harmon, 47 and 48 Beacon 
street ; S. F. Whitehouse, Sumner, between Lam- 
son and Cottage streets; Geo. W. Witham, Minot 
place; Thomas Lyf ord & Co., 8 Green street; Chas. 
Stinson, Stoughton, between Boston and Dudley 
streets; N. A. Silloway. 140-144 Cambridge street"; 
M. S. Gilford, 23!£ McLean street; Faulkner, Clark 
& Dorr, Eighth street, near K street; Webb & 
Ward, corner of K and Second streets; Benamin 
James, cornel of Thomas and Linden streets; S. D. 
r£ 11. W. Smith, Montgomery stieet; Kenneth Mc- 
Neil, Everett street, between Cottage and Lanison 
streets; James P. Neal, 87 Revere streets; D. H. 
Jacobs, rear 36-40 North Bennet street; H E. 
Boynton & Co., 101 Hanover street; John R. Ha'l, 
5L'-514 Washington street, severally referred to 
the Committee on .streets. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF CITY CLERK. 

The quarterly report of the City Clerk for the 
quarter ending April 30, showed receipts and 
fees as follows: 
Recording mortgages of personal property. 

liens, assignments, &c .*<537 64 

Licenses of billiard saloons 182 00 

Licenses of auctioneers 14 00 

Licenses of intelligence offices 5 00 

Sale o.'ol 1 ballots and paper 15 96 

Total S754 60 

All of which has been paid into the City Treas- 
uiy. 

QUARTERLY KEPORT OF CITY REGISTRAR. 

A quarterly report of the City Registrar gives 
the receipts for the quarter as follows: 

Received for certificates of intention of marriage, 
S397, all of which amount has been paid into the 
City Treasury. 
IXVi'TATUMT TO DECORATION OF SOLDIERS' (ilt.VVI.S. 

An invitation of Posts 7 and 32, G. A. R.,to take 
part wi'h them in the ceremonies of decoration of 
the graves of soldiers, on the 30th May, was ac- 
cepted. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF CITY REGISTRAR. 
N. A. Apoilonio, City Registrar, presented [his 
annual report for the year 1809, from which we ab- 
stract the following: The whole number of births 
was 7406, which ~ is an increase of 303 over 



M A Y 



1870 



108 



the previous year. There has been a decrease of 
births in Wards 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 15, the greatest 
decrease (00) being in Ward 8, which embraces thy 
Fort Hill district. The number of colored chil- 
cren horn was 92, and the number of twin births 
was 24. There were two cases of triplets, in each 
of which the parents were native born. The num- 
ber of marriages recorded was 3378, which is an in- 
crease of 240 over the year previous. 

'the number of grooms under 21 years of age was 
67, of whom 10 married ladies under 18 years of 
age. There were 15 grooms over 60 years of age, 
and four over 70 years old. There were four brides 
whose ages were between 60 and 70 year;;. Of the 
brides, '..030 (60 percent.) married between 20 and 
; 5 pars of age. The number c: f instances in which 
boeh parriewwere colored was 58, and there were 
IB marriages of colored grooms with white brides. 
Ill 453 instances the brides were older than their 
husbr.u 1.-. Physicians are represented by Ll 
groom*, and clergyman by 15. 

1 he number cfueaths was 5523— males' 2773; i'e- 
m lies 2750 —an increase of four over the previous 
year. 1 he number of deaths from American pa- 
rentage was 1703, or 32.46 per cent., and from foi- 
eign parentage 67.54 per cent. Of the oeaths 803 
were undero months; betweenO andl2.inomhs,473; 
l and 5 vears, 940; 5 and 15 vears, 39J: 20 and 30, 
5S4; 50 and 60, 351; 60 and 70, 354; 70 and 
so. 274; above 00, 168. There we.;e deaths 
lrom causes, as follows: Accidents, 220; 
apoplexy, 76; diseases of bowels, 632, dis- 
eases of brain, £01; consumptiop, 916: crOup, 29; 
diphtheria, 61 ; disease of heart, 159; hydrocepha- 
lus, 117; marasmus, 155; pneumonia, 402. 

The Hegistrar remarks: 

An examination of the foregoing tables will 
show very clearly, that the sanitary condition of 
Boston, if not all that is desirable, certainly com- 
pares favorably with that of other localities, far 
better situated in regard to climate and density of 
population. The death rate for the year is twenty- 
three deaths to one thousand persons living. 

ibis has been the, ratio with very trifling varia- 
tions for some years past. A comparison of this 
rate with that of several other cities is seen on a 
preceding page of this report. Perhaps Charleston 
and .New Orleans should be omitted in the compar- 
ison, on account of the exceptional circumstances 
connected with their extreme southern locations. 
liutit is otherwise with St. Loins and San Frau- 
eisco. With these two cities the advan- 
tages of climate are in their favor, and 
yet the death rate in them does not vary 
maieiitUy from that of lioston. The estimate 
of the population of those cities may not be exact, 
but it is no doubt sufficiently near the 'correct num- 
ber to after, 1 a lair standard of comparison . It is 
questionable whether the death rate of Boston will 
or ever can be reduced below the rate of twenty- 
two in a thousand, and then only in exceptional 
instances. 

There can be no doubt that the machinery now 
in operation for the sanitary government of the 
city is ample, and that it has heretofore worked 
and does now work with gratifying efficiency. As 
a general rule, the streets are kept in wholesome 
condition, which is obvious to tho most careless 
observer, while the system of drainage and sewer- 
age has been intelligently conceired and is ably 
managed. Hence it requires simply peisistenee in 
the course heretofore purened and loirmi to be so 
efficacious for good, to preserve whatever of bere- 
tit has been obtained, and to bung within easy 
control all the noxious elements that the growth 
of population will naturally produce. 

The apprehensions and fears that every year 
find utterance concerning the public health are 
really groundless; whether Boston be judged by 
what it does by the aid of its sanitary police, or is 
compared >vith other cities of the same size and 
characteristics, the result will show that 
none presents a more favorable aspect, in 
regard to the public health. No doubt these peri- 
odical murmurs serve a useful purpose by direct- 
ing attention to matters which in a rapidly-grow- 
ing city, like Boston, are in danger of being over- 
looked". This vigilance not only tends to keep the 
machinery on which the public healthis so greatly 
depenaent in constant operation, but what is of 
equal consequence, it accelerates its motion to 
meet the increasing demands made upon it. There 
can be no reasonable doubt that the means which 
are seen to be effective today will be equally 
so when Boston shall attain to three times 



its present size. For the last twenty 
years . the death-rate has not varied save 
in exceptional cases, when there existed epi- 
demics, from the rate at the present time, showing 
that with the growth of the City there have always 
been corresponding msans in operation to prevent 
i ts increase. 

Those who complain of the sanitary condition 
of Boston usually refer to the Board of Health 
of the city of New York, and point with some 
complacency, if not exultation, to the way in 
which they sav it fulfills its mission, and end by 
urging the adoption of a similar system for this 
city. The gentlemen who are at the head of 
the New York Board of Health are among 
the most able a d skillful physicians of that 
city, and are no doubt zealously engaged in 
carrying out most faithfully the objects for 
which the Board was established. Tint by means 
of all the elaborate machineiy censtmced ex- 
pressly -lor the work, and with'the great profes- 
sional skill which they possess, and aided by the 
large pecuniary mt ans at their disposal, the unde- 
niable tact remains that the death rate in New 
York city ha;:, not been reduced below twenty- 
eight in a thousand. It is true that the rate has 
been reduced considerably during the six or eight 
yi ars' existence of the Board, but it has not. it is 
uelieved, been lower than the point above indi- 
cated. Much has been done by this body in vari- 
ous ways for the preservation of the health of New 
York, but nothing so far has been seen by its work- 
ings to indicate its superiority in any respect to 
the msans employed for the same objects in this 
city. 

There is r.o doubt that disease and death increase 
with the density of population. It then becomes 
a question of vital concern tj ascertain how the 
natural effects following large aggregations of hu- 
man beings may be neutralized or at least circum- 
scribed within certain limits. In no way are the 
evils resisting from an over-crowded population 
more clearly seen than in the increase of tenement 
houses. 

In relation to tenement houses, the Hegistrar 
says, up to this time, the evils incident to dwell- 
ings of this kind have not been great. These tene- 
ments though comparatively largely occupied, are 
not so populous or so badly constructed as to pro- 
duce alarming results. But with the growth of the 
population, they will be multiplied, and unless the 
authorities shall assume tne power to supervise 
their construction and limit the number of their 
inmates, they will rival, at no distant day, those 
pest-houses of New York, where large numbers of 
human beings are crowded together, with nothing 
lufc fetid air to breathe, and almost destitute of 
light. 

1 The report was laid on the table, and 500 copies 
were ordered to be printed. 

HEARINGS OI-; ORDERS OK NOTICE. 

The hearings on orders of notice on petitions for 
leave to ere^.t stables were taken up as follows: 
Charles F. Burck, Orange court; John Gallagher, 
on Clay and Hampshire streets; C. S. Parker & 
Sors, 144 Charles street; H. V. Hayward, No. 1 
Ceylon street; Timothy F. Bowe, Sheridan a/enue. 
No person appearing, the reports were recommit- 
ted. 

The hearing on the proposed construction of a 
sewer in Providence street, between Berkeley and 
Church streets, was taken up and the. report was 
recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Ordered, That there be paid to James Parker 
$2900 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the laying out and grading of Sturgis street 
by a resolve of July 23, 1869, to be charged to the 
Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel Dartmouth street be- 
tween St. James avenue and the bridge over the 
Boston & Albany and Boston & Providence rail- 
roads, in accordance with the established giade of 
said street, at an estimated cost of $9000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
authorized to pavs High street, between Federal 
and Summer streets, with small granite blocks at 
an estimated cost of $6000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to expend a sum not exceeding j-i'o ooo 
in setting edgestones, pavh g gutters and am - 



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walks ttpoa aid grading, draining ami macadamiz- 
ing Beacon street west of Dartmouth street. 

urdeied, Th it the superintendent of streets i e 
directed to pave the gutters, grade ..ni maoad- 

aiiii/.e the roa Iways of C >mtn >n wealth avenue, be- 
tween Berkeley and Clarendon Streets: also to 
build the necessary cesspools and flagging cross 1 

incs in said avenue, at an estimated cost of 98000. 

Urdeied. That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to repave Broad street, between .State 
and Battcrvmarcii streets, will small granite 
blocks, at an estimated COSt Of $20,000. 

Then report and order to refer the Burrill claim 
to three disinterested referees, to be appointed by 
the Committee on Claims, etc., being on its pas- 
sage. 

Alderman Talbot stated that although he pre- 
sented the report, is was that of tht majority 
of the committee, and he ottered the renort upon 
the understanding he should be allowed to ex- 
press Ins opposition to the conclusions arrived at 
by th: majority. As some Aklernien had declared 
a wish that the order sbould lie laid on the table, 
he hoped no action would be taken at this time. 

Alderman fierce said he ouly wished that the 
claim should be dealt with like other claims 
against the city, and decided within a reasonable 
time. He had no objection to its goii:g over. 

Alderman Talbot said he was as ready to vote 
upon the order today as at any fat are tune, bi.t 
several Aldermen had indicated a desire to look 
more fully into the subject than they yet had. 

The order was laid over for one week. 

APl-.KS FROM THE COMMOS COUNCIL. 

The petitions of Susan H. M. Swan, Thus. M- 
rrentiss, D and T. Darling & Heads, and of Win. 
L. Dudley and others, were severally referred in 
concurrence. 

Order to purchase a new ferry-boat for S^O.OOO 
was referred to Committee on Ferries in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Order to pay certain bills of Hawes & Hersey, 
and others. 

Order of inquiry as to land belonging to the city 
beyond the city's limits, on which taxes are paid. 

Order to sell land in rear of Silver street school- 
house, containiug two hundred square feet. 

Order for Committee on finance to report if any 
unexpended balances of appropriation can be 
added to sinking fund. 

Order authorizing the employment of such labor- 
ers as may be required upon the Common, Public 
Garden and public squares, at a cost not exceeding 
twelve thousand dollars. 

Order authorizing the purchase of trees, plants, 
vines, seeds, sprouts and bulbs for the Common, 
Public Garden and public squares, at an expense 
not exceeding two thousand dollars. 

Order authorizing the hire of team work for the 
Common, l'ublic Garden and public squares, at a 
cost not exceeding eight hundred and fifty dollars . 

Order authorizing the purchase of manure and 
sods for the Common, Public Oarden and public 
squares, at an expense not exceeding eight hun- 
dred dollars. 

Order authorizing the payment of the bill for 
services rendered or material furnished by Chain- 
Berlin & Marston. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Jacobs, from the Committee of Con- 
ference on the part of the Board, in relation to the 
differences of the two branches in the Salary bill, 
made a report of an agreement' as follows: 

That the salary of the Mayor's Clerk should be 
fixed at $1800. 

That the salary of the Harbor Master should be 
fixed at si TOO. 

That the salary of the Superintendent of Dover 
street Bridge should be fixed at S1200. 

That the salary of the Superintendent of Me- 
ridian Street Bridge should be fixed at 31000. 

The report was accepted, and the salaries were 
fixed as agreed upon. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in lavor of a license to Anna 
Mehlig to give a concert at Music Hall, May 2; of 
snmuel Turner, for license to exhibit dogs; of W. 
.1. Metchear & Co. for leave to exhibit a circus 
c< nipauy en Madison square; and leave to v.ith- 
i. aw on petition of John Cair for leave to exhibit 
a tame bear in the streets of this city. Severally 
a i ( • pted. 



Alderman Carpenter also reported licenses for 
ten billiard sa!o ins, nine victuallers and innhold- 
i i •-. rift en wag' n licenses, eight newsboys and 
four 1 o itblacki ; also for transfer of tragon and 
intelligence oflii e licenses, and leave to withdraw 
on petition of Cashing Brothers for a wagon stand 
acl'l Mdk street, severally accepted. 

AMenn m fierce, from the Joint standing Com- 
mit ee i d < onnnon and squares, to whom was re- 
ferred the petition- of Win. H. Moriarty.that appli- 
i ai n Le ma le to the Legislature for a portion of 
the Sooth Boston tiat< tor a common, made a re- 
1 ort recommending that the petitioner have leave 
to w th lraw. Accepted. 

Al lei man Pierce, from ih" same committee, on 
the petition of John G-. Darts, for leave to remove 
a fiee in front of No. 107 Charles street, made a 
report that the petitioner lie allowed to remove said 
tr< c at his own expen.- e. Accepted. 

Tbsfame committee reported in favor of allowing 
(jeo.ge M. Hobbs to remove a tree in front of ins 
esfa e in Thornton street, and of Augustus Bacon 
to r< move a tree in front 01 No. 13 Auburn street 
at bis own expense, severally accepted. 

Aldermen Pierce, from the Committee en the 
Harbor, to whom was referred the petition of (ieo. 
M. Barnard and others, that a portion of the flats 
near Charles street may ?.e dredged, made a rep< rt 
teconrmending that the [.etition lc referred to the 
Board of Health. Accepted. 

Alderman Branian from the Committee on 
He a'th, reported leference to Committee on Pav- 
ing, on petition of Kofcert Bishop and others, that 
Hro.id s.reet be watered from India wharf to Fos- 
ter's wharf. Accepted. 

Alderman Brram m from th? same Committee, 
i eyorted in favor of petitions of John Gallagher, 
ri." V. Hayward, Charles F. Burck, and C. s. Parker 
<Ss sen, tor leave to build tal 1 s. Accepted. 

Al lerman Bra man, from the Committee on 
Health, leported reierence to the Committee on 
Sewers and Drains ou the petition of John P. 
'frea Iwell for abat: inent of nuisance corner of 
Knceland and Washington streets. Accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Laying 
Out and Widening streets, on the petition of the 
heirs of J. Curtis for apportionment of Federal 
street betterments, made a report that, as th: pe- 
titioners have since elected to pay their better- 
ments in full, no further action herein is neces- 
sary. Accepted. 

The same committee reported leave to withdraw 
on petition of Walter Brown lor leave to attach a 
landing platform to the end ot .Mount Vernon 
street. Accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, to whom* were referred the petitions of H. 
A. G. Pomeroy and others, Jesse TirreU and oth- 
ers, an 1 F. N.Thayer and others, that Columbus 
avenue he paved with wood, made a report recom- 
mending the passage Of the following order: 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to set the edgestoues and Luild the neces- 
saiy cross-walks and cess-pools ou Columbus ave- 
nue, and to pave with wool such portions of the 
roadway of said avenue as the Committee on Pav- 
ing ma v deem expedient, the expense of said "work 
not to exceed sl00,000. 

'the order being on its passage, Alderman Talbot 
inquired the kind of wood pavement that was to 
1 e put down. 

A Merman Carpenter stated that there had been 
a lOng and patient investigation in lelation to wood 
pavement, and it was believed that Commons 
avenue would be the best place in which to test 
that kind of pavement. That avenue had got to be 
put in order, and to macadamize it and put it in 
good condition, it woulrl cost three-fourths as 
much as the kind of pavement proposed to be 
used. There weie five to eight kinds of pavements 
of wood which it was intended to test, and these 
would be put down in fair proportions. In places 
where there are no houses, it is proposed by an- 
other order to require the owners of lots to put in 
their pipes and sewers so that this pavement will 
not I e disturl ed after it is put down. 

Alderman Talbot said it would have relieved the 
Board much had the Committee specified the kind 
of pavement in their order. 

Alderman Carpenter said he could not recollect 
ail of the various names, but the Committee be- 
lieved it would be for the best interests of the city, 
when the various kinds of pavement were pressed 
upon their attention, to give them a fair trial in a 
position where it can be readily seen, that each 
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Beyond this, with the exception o£ a small piece cf 
pavement in Congress square, there would be 
nothing else to bring up the question of wood 
pavement at present. 

Alderman Pierce concurred with his associate 
on the Committee in relation to the matter. He 
said that it would be quite a relief to the Commit- 
tee to have the Board pass upon the choice of 
wooden pavements made by the Committee. 

Alderman Cowdin also advocated the passage of 
the order, .and reierred to the long and patient in- 
vestigation given by the Committee to the subject. 

ihe order was passed. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 

Ordered, That the Assessors be directed to -re- 
port to (be City Council the names oftho.se |#ei- 
sons who have notified the said Assessors ot a 
change of domicil from this citv to other towns 
or cities witnin the last lour months, stating the 
names cf the cities or towns to which such per- 
sons have icmoved. 

Alderman Talbot doubted whether such an order 
should be passed, for he thought it improper for 
the City (.overnment to stigmatize anv citizen who 
may Cbooee to change his domicil. 

Alderman Cowdin replied, that if he moved out 
the city ro evade the payment of taxes, when he 
made his money here ana was getting the bei.ent 
of the tuxes in the government of the citv he 
ought to be stigmatized. There are some who slip 
out of tne city before the 1st of. Mav. he did not 
doubt, to evade the pavment of taxes. The^e was 
no harm in making the inquiry, an 1 if it did not 
hit anybody, there could be no cause of complaint. 
He was surprised that any objection should be 
made at the passage of the order. 

Alderman Connor stated that bv statute it is 
made the duty of assessors to notify the assessors 
of the town where such persous remove of the 
change in their residences, and it could easily be 
ascertained who such persons were bv going to the 
Assessors' office. The passage of such an order he 
believed to be uncalled for, and he hoped it would 
be withdrawn. 

Aide: man Cowdin said it was not convenient for 
all citizens to go to the City Hall to obtain such 
iutorm ition, and by this meai's it would be brought 
to them. He had known of cases of this kinu in 
years past, and he wanted men who make their 
money in this city to help pay the taxes. 

Alderman Talbot did not supuose that the gen- 
tleman would want to keep people here who did 
not want to stay here, and it would be interference 
with the tights of individuals to compel them to 
make their residence in this city when they desire 
to leave. As all hid gone now, wh> go to get rid 
ol tr.xes, whether from poverty, ricues or other 
cause, nothing can be gained bv passing the order 
at this time. 

Alderman Cowdin said he had been called unon 
by citizens to make known who those were who 
seek to evade the pavment of taxes, vet life had no 
objection that this should lie over. He moved 
that it be laid on the table one week. Carried. 

Al dermal Carpenter offered an order authorizing 
th3 Committee on Paving to make a contract fo- 
the watering of Beacon street, beyond Dartmouth 
street. 

Alderman Talbot raised an objection to the pas- 
sage of the order , as opening a wide door for the 
payment of money by the city for the benefit of 
abutters. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that this order had 
been regularly passed, as a means of keeping the 
road-bed from being blown away, and as a measure 
ot economy. The order originally came from the 
Health Committee, and he should concur in all 
proper amendments. 

Alderman Talbot wished t j kuow whether tlmv 
were not twenty or thirty houses beyond Hart- 
mouth street, and should the city water this street 
without requiring these abutters to pay the ex- 
pense, it would raise an endless question for the 
watering of streets. This street had been the prop- 
erty of tne city only one year, and he did not recol- 
lect; what was done last year. He was ready to 
vote ior the order provided the owners of houses 
are ready to pay their share of the expense. 

Alderman Branun said the owners were willing 
to pav th<Mr shaie of expense. It was asked only 
to sprinkle the streets to Parker street. 

Some further remarks were made bv Aldermen 
Talbot and Gibson upon the necessity of guarding 
such measures against anv ground "of precedent 
hereafter, and of requiring* the parties lnterested. 
to pay their proportfonof expense. 



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A'.derman Braman stated that there were thirty- 
five houses between Dartmouth and Parker streets, 
the owners of which had agreed to pay their por- 
tion of expense. 

Alderman Cowdin advocated the order as a 
means of preserving the road-bed of the avenue. 

The order was passed, amended as follows: 

Ordered. That the Committee on Paving be au- 
thorized to make a contract for watering Beacon 
street from Dartmouth street to' the ciry line, for 
the purpose of preserving the road bed, the ex- 
pense to be charged to the appropriation for paving, 
providing, however, that the occupants cf stores 
or houses in said portion of Beacon street, shall 
pay their proper portion of said expense. 

' RBKB8 PASSED. 

Alderman Carpenter offered the followiug order: 

I ordered, That the Superintendent oi" Streets be 
directed to grade, drain, and macadamize Brush 
Hill avenue, at a cost not exceeding 815,000. 

To an inquiry of Alderman Gibson where this 
avenue was, Alderruan Pierce stated that it ex- 
tended from Grove Hall avenue to Mattapan, three 
or four miles, was in bad condition last year, and 
that the sum named, at least, would he required to 
put it in good condition. 

The oraer was passed. 

Au order providing for the paving of Congress 
square with wooden pavement was considered. 

Alderman Talbot inquired what kind of pa' 
ment was to be put down in this place? 

Alderuvin Carpenter said it was not detiritely 
deteimined, but bethought it would betheMev 
England Paul pavement. 

'the order was lai 1 over on motion of Alderman 
Talbot until the committee. would decide positive- 
ly what kind o; pavement this was to be. 

The order was subsequently taken u;> again, 
when Alderman Carpenter stated that in consult- 
ation of the committee, it was eletermined to put 
down the New England Paul pavement. 

Alderman Gibson inquired if it was a grooved 
pavement. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that it was the same 
as now down on Iremout streec, between Pleasant 
street and the railroad bridge. 

Alderman tjibsou further" inquired if the blocks 
were more expensive than if sawed off square, and 
whether, if grooved, it cost any more? 

Alderman Carpenter replied that there was a 
prejjaratioii through which the blocks passed 
which added to the expense fifty cents a yard. 

Aide man Gibson believed there could be no 
support to such pavement, and that in being cut 
by grooving, it would be more likely to decay than 
woukl a square block. 

Alderman Carpenter replied that there was a 
foundation of boards, anl the interstices w r ere 
filled with concrete. 

Alderman Talbot stated that the tonguing and 
grooving was calculated to unite a dozen blocks 
together, so that as a wheel passed over it, the 
the pressure would be upon all of them. This was 
believed to be au advantage. The different blocks 
are so tongued and grooved together as to be sub- 
stantially one block. . 

Alderman Gibson did not believe such a pave- 
ment would stand. He had seen in Xew Yoik a 
pavement of square blocks, with a space rilled in 
with gravel, coal tar and cement, which he be- 
lieved would be much better and more durable. 

Alderman Carpenter stated that the paving 
had proved so far to wear well in Tremont street. 
In Congress square there would be but little team- 
ing. 

The order was passed, as follows: 

Urdered, That the 'Superintendent of Streets be 
directed ro grade Congress square and Exchange 
place, i ecordmg to the revised grade established 
by the Board of Aldermen, November 16, 18U9, and 
to pave the roadway of said Congress square and 
Exchange place with the New England Paul 
wooden pavement, at an estim ited cost of .?1000. 

On motiou of Alderman Carpenter. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
authorized to repave KiHiy street with small gran- 
ite blocks, at au estimated cost of S10.0O0. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Street.- be 
authorized to set the edgestones and pave the gut- 
ters and crosswalks on Chadwick street, and 
macadamize the roadway of said street, at an esti- 
mated cost of S20O0. 

Ordered, That Highland place, Ward 15, be here- 
after calle.l and known as Parker Hill avenue. 



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ordered, that notice be and hereby, is given to 
thy ouni'is and abutters on Columbus ..venue, be- 
tween Dardnuutb si eel autl Went Chester park, oi 

tit:' intention of : his Board fo cause said avenue to 
be paved; anl that .said owncs and abutters be 
directed to enter ihe common sewer, gas and watci 
pipes in said avenue from their respective estates, 
on or betbie the first day of June. 1870, as after 
said avenue shall have been paved no permit will 
be granted to take up or remove the pavement, ex- 
cept in ease <>1 extreme emergency. 

l>n motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That Owen Nairn he duly licensed to 
sprinkle streets witli salt water in Boston High- 
lands, upon such terms, and conditions as the oc- 
cupants of buildings and owners of vacant, lots 
may agree upon with said Nawn, subject to such 
rules and regulations for watering streets as have 
been 'adopted by the Board of Aldermen. 
On motion of Alderman. Cowdin, . 

ordered, 'I hat His Honor the Mayor be and he is 
hereby authorized to discharge the mortgage given 
to the city of Boston Iby John B. Dench of Franiing- 
ham, upo'n-a lot of- land in said Framingham, de- 
scribed in said mortgage as recorded with Middle- 
sex deeds, South district, book 775, page — , the note 
for which said mortgage was given havii'g teen 
fully paid. 

< >ii motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Public 
Buildings he authorized, under the approval of the 
Committee on Public Buildings, to employ such 
assistants lor the grammar schools, primary 
schools and Public Building departments, as said 
Committee shall deem expedient, the expense 
tnereof to be charged to the several appropriations 
for said departments. 

■ Ordered. That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to provide suitable accommo- 
dations for the police in Ward 10, the expense 
thereof to be charged to the appropriation for 
Public Buildings. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

Ordered, That there be purchased, in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned Ly the widending 
and grading of Purchase street, of Mary O'Brien, 
her estate numbered 142 on said street, upon her 
giving the city a deed for the same satisfactory to 
the City Solicitor, for the sum of $8500, and that 
same be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be purchased, in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover street, of Patrick Canny, upon his giving 
deeds for the same, satisfactory "to the City solici- 
tor, and for the sum of $04,000, the portion of his 
estate taken by a resolve of October 15, 18ti9, to 
widen said street, and also the portion of said (a n- 
ney's estate which he purchased of Joseph II. 
Wightman, on the corner of Hanover and Battery 
streets left after the widening of Hanover street, 
and that the same be charged to the Second Han- 
over Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to William Boyle 
$ 10,000 for all damages occasioned bis < states l, 2 
and 3 Quincy place, by reducing thein to the grade 
established for that portion of the Fort Hill terri- 
tory by a resolve of April 22, 1870, to be charged to 
the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordeted, That there be purchased, in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover street, ff John T: Hassam, trustee, his 
estate numbered 363 on said street, upon his giving 
a deed for the same satisfactory to the City solici- 
tor, for the sum of $11,000, the same to I e charged 
to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Alderman Jacobs ottered the following order: 

Ordered. That the Committee on Cemeteries be 
authorized, if they deem it e^iedient, to continue 
the copving of ancient records in the City liegis- 
trar's office, at an expense not exceeding $600, to 
be charged to the appropriation for cemeteries. 

Ordered, That the City Registrar be authorized 
to employ, under the approval of the Committee 
on Cemeteries, such assistance in his office as may 
be needed, at an annual expense not exceeding 
$600, said amount to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for cemeteries. 

Alderman Talbot inquired how murh longer it 
would be necessary to continue this copying of 
these ancient records. 

Alderman Jacobs replied that he lUd not know 
much about the matter, never before having been 
upon the committee, but the order was placed in 
his hands as relating to work \ hich should be 
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Aldciman Pratt suid it would require nrobablv 
a year or two longer t» complete the work. As a 

liKinici oi the < (iimuittee on Cemeteries last year, 
it \\a> apparent to him that the work was ne. 
ry to be pi -rloi mod. 

Allcim.in dibson hoped it would not be prc- 
\ i ied for doing the work beyond the year. 

Aide, m ■>« Talbot said he regretted • that be ever 
consented to provide for the making of indexes in 
the Probate Office, which bad frrown to . large a 
.job. He did not think it expedient in such cases 
t i commit the Government beyond the municipal 
year, and it should eo provide in the order under 
consideration. 

Alderman Pratt said it was important to conic to 
a definite conclusion in such matters. It was not 
possible, in such a work, to fix upon a definite 
i ime for finishing it, for it must to some extent be 
a matter of experiment, so lax as related to the 
indexes iu the Registry -of Oeeds, he had no regrets 
to express; for it was a woik of great importance, 
which would be of much value to the citizens. 

Alderman Gibson said he.had no doubt such a 
u eik could be done on a contract like other work, 
for ten cents on a dollar at what it would cost in 
this way. 

■ AVletin in Talbot sag.rests I as an amendment to 
the first order the words '•during this municipal 
year," so that the amount shall not exceed ( C00 
appropriated. • 

Alderman Jacobs said he believed the order was 
in the usual form. The Committee having charge 
of the matter are as much entitled to be trusted as 
ihe Committee on streets, in the discharge of their 
duty. 

Alderman Pratt said he was assured Ly the 
Chairman of the Board in 1864 that it was a "great 
mistake in doing the business as it was done, in 
the practice of suspending the. rules for the read- 
ing of orders twice at tne same session. That 
practice had become ccniinon, and no man oftener 
asked for a suspension of the mli s than his friei d, 
the Chairman of the Board. Here was a triflirg 
matter, involving at most but a small amount, 
while every week thousands and hundreds of thou- 
sands of dollars sometimes are voted through the 
Board without any consideration, on the recom- 
mendation of a member of the Board. 

Alderman Talbot said that so far as related to 
the business of tha Committee on Streets, no one 
act was done except by a special order for the pur- 
pose, which was passed upon by the Board, whiie 
by other committees much of* the expenditures 
was upon. general < relets. He believed his prac- 
tice was the best. If it was not practicable to 
make a contract in such cases as this, it would he 
better to limit the expenditure to the municipal 
year. 

Alderman Cowdin concurred in the views of the 
Chairman of the Board. 

The order was i.mtnded as suggested, and as 
amended the orders were passed. 

Orders were passed to abate nuisances on Cher- 
ry and Chapman streets, Harrison avenue, Castle 
street, swan, Ontario, Bolton, Friend, Salem, 
Leeds streets, Leather square, Fast Lenox street 
r.nd Green's ailey. 

Orders to quit were passed on owners of proper- 
ty on the line of widening of Ferdinand street on 
<>r before first June ; on feturgis street, High street, 
Hartford street, and on Purcnase street, on or be- 
to. - 1 July 23. 

An order was passed, for the division into three 
] arts of the betterments assessed upon James W. 
i eatherbee. 

An order was also passed to meet a jail requisi- 
tion tor $2201 42. 

OltDERS OF NOTICE. 

Orders of notice for hear iugs on petitions were 
passed as follows: 

On the petitions for leave to build stables — Ann 
Cross, Marcella street; J. C. Means, G street, be- 
tween Fifth and Sixth streets; Arthur H. Wilson, 
Fifth street, between K aud L streets. Hearings 
severally on Monday, .May D, 4 P. M. 

Alderman Talbot moved to take from the table ' 
the order in relation to the Museum of line Arts, 
which was carried. 

Alderman Talbot moved a substitute for the or- 
der, as follows: 

Ordered, that His Honor the Mayor be, and he 
hereby is, authorized to convey by deed of quit- 
claim to the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
a corporation established by laws of this Common- 



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wealth, the lot of land lying between St. James 
avenue ami Dartmouth street, and as otherwise 
bounded and described upon a plan drawn by IS' . 
H. Crafts, City Engineer, and recorded in Suffolk 
.Registry of Deeds, at the end of Lib. 869 r it being 
the same lot of land conveyed by the Boston Water 
Power Company to the City of Boston by deed 
dated Dec. 1:8. 18i : 5, with the same restrictions as 
are set forth in said deed, together with the follow- 
ing conditions, which are to be inserted in the deed 
of quitclaim : 

First, (hat the building or buildings to bo crectei 
upon said lot shall, wiili the exception of the porch r 
steps and Vuttresses, be set back not less than 
thirty leet from each of the streets ly which said 
land is l onncled. 

second, that the exterior walls of the b lilding 
or I iiildings to be erected on said lot shall be oi 
brick, stone or iron, and that said buildings are to 
be used anil devoted to the promotion of line arts. 

'third, that a wing or section of the proposed 
uuildirg, costing not less than $100,000, shall I e 
'•r.vtod and realy for occupancy within three 
years from May 1,1870. 

Fourth, that the city shall not be liable to said 
corporation for grade damages consequent upon 
the raising of Dartmouth street, and of lateral 
streets which it maybe found neces.-aiy to raise in 
connection with it, for obtaining proper approach- 
es to the bridge over the Boston & Albany and 
Bi ston & 1'rovidence liailroadsat that poii t; and 
shall have the right to build and maintain pieper 
reiaining walls for said street, or the right i-> use 
such portions of the premises hereby cmveyodas 
will make proper earth embankments to p'rottct 
said streets. 

Alderman Cowdin withdrew the amendment of- 
fered by him at the last meeting of the Board and 
offered as a substitute the following provision: 

Fifth, that a room in said builuing, measuiing 
not less than superficial fee ton the floor there- 
of, shall he provided and maintained tor the rc- 
ceptiou, safe keeping and exhibition of such poi- 
traits of persons who persons who served the 
country in the late war, and such memorials and 
paintings of the said w T ar and the persons and 
events therewith connected, as will serve to illus- 
trate its histoiy, and as are compatible with the 
restriction in "the deed from the Boston Water 
Power Company to the city of Boston, recorded 
with Suffolk Deeds, lib. 870, folio 210. 

Alderman Cowdin said he had consulted the 
City Solicitor since the last meeting of the Board, 
as to the effect of the proposed provision, and this 
had been drawn up in accordance with his sug- 
gestions. 

Alderman Conn-jr said he consi lered it desira- 
ble ( :■> have this matter acted upon at once, when 
it was first brought up, but as it had lain over lor 
two weeks, and as this provision charged the char- 
acter of the original design, he moved that the 
subject be recommitted to the Committee on Pu! -- 
lie bands. 

Alderman Cowdin said it was proper than some 
thing should be done to perpetuate the deeds of 
the lallen heroes of the country, and from his 
knowledge of the gentlemen who were engaged in 
this enterprise, he did not believe they would ol- 
ject to placing in the building such works of art 
relating to thrse heroes or their deeds as would 
be worthy of perpetuation. 

Alderman Talbot did not think it would be worth 
while to compel these gentlemen to put up a hall 
for the purpose, although he believed he had as 
much regard for the memory of the fallen heroes 
as any one. 

Alderman Cowdin did not look at it in such a 
light as compelling these gentlemen to provide a 
room for the purposes proposed. He didaot think 
that there could be any objection. If they did not 
think it worth while to provide a nook or corner 
for such memorials of the war as were possessed of 



artistic merit, and should refuse the gift uf the 
land, the city might sometime vote, il in accord- 
ance with the deed of the land to it. and to put up a 
building for such a purpose. 

Alderman Connor said he might he in favor of 
such an amendment, but could not vote for it with- 
out consideration. It would be tetter to consider 
it and suit both sides. He therefore hoped that 
the subject would be recommitted. 
The motion to recommit was carried. 
On motion of Alderman Pierce, the orders fcr 
ihe reorganization of the Dorchester Fire Depart- 
ment were taken from the table and considered. 

Aldeiman Pierce moved to recommit the report, 
v. i h instructions to retain the present number of 
engine companies in Dorchester, anu to report a 
plan of reorganization of the Fire Department in 
Ward 10. on the basis of an annual appropria- 
tion of *10,000. Bv the report of the Committee, 
ths ixpense of the department for that secticn 
v/culd 1 e $17,000, and ly his proposition it wouid 
not exceed $20,000. A "comparison was made by 
himastotherelativeexpen.se of the c epartmei t 
as proposed, with East Boston. South Boston and 
l.oxbury, the comparison having relation to the 
valuation ol property within the district; and in 
view of the great extent of territory, with valuable 
property unprotected, and the long distances to 
navel in case of fire, he believed it would be found 
expedient to adopt such an arrar^enieiit as was 
proposed. 'Die report was recommitted. 

Un motion of Aldeiman Jacobs, the report and 
ord nance to establish a charitable fund for invalid 
policeman wire taken from the table. 

Aldeiman Gibson opposed the passage of the 
ordinance, as not called for. 

A 1 lei man Ccwdin said there were cases in which 
policemen were disabled by ruffians, while in the 
discharge o*' their duties, and the city could afford 
to be liteial with its servants in regard to such 
matters. 

Al lerman Gibson replied that no such provision 
was made in other departments of the city govern- 
ment, among those who were not so well paid, and 
he did not think that the city was required to make 
: ny such provision. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, the subject 
wns laid on the table. 

On motion of Aldeiman Braman, the report of 
the. consulting Physicians was taken from the ta- 
ble and refened to the Committeeon Health. 

On motion of Aldeiman Talbot, the order au- 
thorizing Chief Engineer of the Fire Department 
to purchase horses, materials and supplies and 
make repairs on Engines, Hose, and Hook and Lad- 
der carnages, at an expense not exceeding $1,000 m 
each case was taken from the table. 

Alderman Talbot moved to strike out "Engines, 
Hose and Hook and Ladder Carriages.'' 

Some discussion followed in relation to the nec- 
essary repairs required to be made on engines, car- 
riage's, hose, &c, in which Alderman Hawes stated 
that three engines were disabled at the fire on Sat- 
urday last, and that it would require $1000 to $1500 
to repair the hose injured at that file. 

Alderman Talbot expressed the belief that if an 
engine needed repairs to the amount of $2000, in 
many cases it would be better to sell it, for it 
could not be of much value. In his view, specific 
appropriations should be made to meet extraordi- 
nary cases of this kind. 

Alderman Gibson moved to strike out "at an ex- 
pense not exceeding £2000." Canied. 
The order was amended, and passed, as follows: 
Ordered, That the Chief Engineer of the Fire 
Department, with the approval of the Committee 
on the Fire Department, during this financial 
year, make such purchases of horses, materials 
and supplies, for the nse of the Department, as 
may be needed, to be charged to the appropriation 
for Fire Department, 
Adjourned, 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MAY 5, 1870. 



'Hie regular weekly meeting of the Common 

Council was held this evening at 8 o'clock, M. K. 
Ingalls, the President, in the < hair. 

r.VFEKS FKOM THE BOAUD OF ALDKKMEN. 

The quarterly reports of the City Clerk and City 
Registrar were ordered to be placed on tile. 

Hie petitions of Geo. H. Chickering and others, 
L. 1$. Motee and others, E. 1*.' Tiles ton and others, 
(ieo. II. Vincent and others, and F. K. Alden and 
others, were referred in concurrence. 

The orders and amendments relating to a Museum 
of Fine Arts, were recommitted in concurrence. 

The recommitment of reports and orders relat- 
ing to a reorganization of the Fire Department for 
Ward 16, with instructions for committee to report 
an organization on an appropriation of $20,000 per 
annum, was concurred in. 

The report, leave to withdraw, on petition ol W. 
H. Moriarty for a portion of the South Boston 
Flats to be reserved for a common anil 

Invitations for the City Council to unite with 
Posts 7 and ?2 of the G. A. K. in the ceremonies of 
Decoration Day, were severally accepted in con- 
currence. 

The order authorizing the iriuoval of certain 
wooden buildings on Gallop's Island, for the pur- 
pose of reconstructing them at Point Al!erton,was 
read twice and passed. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order authorizing the Superintendent of Public 
Buildings to employ assistants for the Grammar 
School, Primary school and Public Building De- 
partments. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer to purchase 
horses, supplies and materials for the Fire Depart- 
ment, when needed. 

Order authorizing accommodations to be pro- 
vided for the police in Ward 16. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
John T. Hassain, trustee, in settlement of damages 
for the widening of Hanover street, at an expense 
of $11,000. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
Mary O'Brien, in settlement of damages for the 
widening of Purchase street, at $8500. 

The order authorizing the purchase of a portion 
of the estates of Patrick Canny, in settlement of 
damages for the widening of Hanover street, at 
$34,000, was passed in concurrence. 

The amendment to tho salary bill, fixing the 
salary of the Harbor Master at *1700 per year, was 
concurred in. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order to pay a bill of $1210 75, for coal furnished 
for the Fast Boston Ferries. 

An inquiry in relation to the above was answered 
by Mr. Hall" to the effect tint the expense was 
incurred immediately upon the ferries coming into 
the possession of the city, and before there was 
time to procure a supply i>y advertising. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
James A. White, on Oliver street, for $2400. 

Order authorizing the employment of additional 
assistance in the office of Chief Engineer of the 
Fire Department, at an expense not exceeding 
$2000. 

Keport and order authorizing the Mayor to exe- 
cute an agreement with the Boston & Albany Rail- 
road Company for the raising of the grade of 
Washington street, and the bridge over the rail- 
road, and the lateral streets connecting therewith, 
between Pine street and Lovering place. 

Order to pay George Demary one hundred dol- 
lars, on account of injuries 'received while dis- 
charging his duty as a fireman. 

Order authorizing the Cochituate Water Board 
to report in print. 

order authorizing Committee on East Boston 
Ferries to settle with the persons employed as In- 
spectors of the Ferry property from December, 
1869, to April, 1870. 

EXTENSION OF BROADWAY. 

The report and orders for an additional loan for 
the extension of Broadway were taken up, on mo- 
tion of Mr. Gray of Ward 12. 



Mr. Bond of \\ ard 8 said the matter had been 
pretty fully discussed among members during the 
afternoon on the (ground. the measure was passed 
last year, after tne members of the C< unci' had 
been invited to visit the route of the extension, 
which he regarded as a shrewd move on the part 
of the committee having the work in charge. 

Mr. B rod dec'ared that the project never hud 
any merits, ; nd failed in the City Council in. til it 
was joined wi„h other measures," such as the Hast 
Boston Ferries and Hanover street widenil g. Last 
year the Committee on the tul ject told us it would 
cost only $500,000, and the money was appropriat- 
ed, but it was expended for other purposes than 
were intended by theonleis that were adopted. 
Whatguar uitee has the City Council that the money 
now asked will not be misapplied in the same 
way? He hoped the orders now under considera- 
tion would not pass. 

Mr. Gray <f Ward 12 said: The question before 
the Council is the passage of an order authorizing 
a loan of $450,000, to be added to the loan hereto- 
fore authorized for the extension of Broadway. 
The necessity for this additional loan is presented 
very clearly "in the report of the Committee on 
Streets; but as that Committee, owing to the dis- 
sent of one member, has failed to make any rec- 
ommendation tor the action of the Council,' I de- 
sire to present some reasons for a favorable con- 
sideration of the order, to the end that the city's 
interest may not be allowed to suffer from delay in 
completing this important work. 

And first, 1 will refer briefly to the necessity for 
this additional thoroughfare to South Boston, and 
the action of the Oove.nment of las; year in estab- 
lishing it. It is unfortunate that 'the indigna- 
tion of some at the inadequate estimates pre- 
sented bv the Board of Aldermen last year 
have blinded them to the real necessity of the work, 
and have led tbein to entertain the idea of reconsid- 
ering the action of a previous Government, and 
withdrawing from a great public improvement 
when nearly completed. This is not a question of 
feeling ; it is not to be seized upon as a favorable 
opportunity for snubbing a past Board of Alder- 
men. We are required to use . our best judgment 
in deciding upon this question in the prese7it con- 
dition of thin (/s. 

Now in regard to the present accommodations 
for travel between South Boston and the city prop- 
er, 1 think anyone at all familiar with the sub- 
ject will admit' that they are entirely inadequate 
even for the present time. As early as 1865 the 
Committee on Streets of the Common Council re- 
ported, after a careful investigation of the subject, 
that they were of opinion that the time had arrived 
when the extension of Broadway could, with jus- 
tice to the citizens, and the interest of the city, be 
no longer delayed. 

It is shown by actual count that double the 
number of teams pass over the bridges now that 
passed over in 1865; and the only additional ac- 
commodation is the widening of twenty feet in 
Federal street, which hardly relieves the travel at 
all, as the bridge has not been widened. 

The interruption to travel from the opening of 
the draws in the South Boston bridges has greatly 
increased, as will be seen by the following returns 
of the Superintendents : 

1E5.1. 1869. 

Mt. Washington avenue bridge 8,951 11,135 

Federal street bridge 5,635 9,500 

Dover street bridge 2,300 4.986 

By the annexation of Dorchester the travel 
across these bridges will increase verv rapidly. 
The extensive area from Washington Village to 
Neponset river will, in a very few years, become 
tnickly populated by persons doing business in 
.Boston. 

As was stated in a report made to the Council 
last year, increased accommodation for travel be- 
tween the city proper and South Boston will then be 
an absolute necessity; and a glance at the map will 
show that such accommodation can be furnished 
only by an additional street located between Fed- 
eral street bridge and Dover street bridge. Ele- 
vated above the railroad tracks, the docks and the 
unpleasant surroundings of the manufacturing 
establishments, which makefile present thorough- 
fare below Dover street unpleasant to foot travel- 
lers and light teams, this extension, at high grade. 
will afford a direct and pleasant means of commu- 
nication, which must be vastly beneficial to prop- 
erty in South Boston and Dorchester, and a great 
convenience to the whole community. 

Undoubtedly the opening of a new" thoroughfare 
will have a direct and important influence in de- 



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veloping the resources of South Boston ajul Dor- 
chester, .and be the means of returning into the. 
City Treasury in the way of additional taxes much 
more than would pay the interest on the proposed 
outlay. ' 

Ana now, Mr. President, a word in regard to the 
character of this structure. It has been asserted, 
and actually appears to be believed, by 
some menJoers of the Government — not 
practical or scientific engineers, to be sure — 
that the bridge will not be a safe one when built 
according to the plans. The supers tincture of the- 
bridge is peculiar, because the provisions 
of the act of the 1 egislaturc under which 
it is built arc peculiar. The act requires 
that the Structure shall i e in accordance with the 
prim-iples laid down in the seventh report of th?, 
L"nlt?d states Comn issioneis on Boston Harbor. 
'Jhe purpi se was to preserve the harbor, by reduc- 
ing nre liitenuption ol trie tidal currents* to the 
iiuni iniiiii. • " 

I don't think it would be sale Lor any person, 
not a scientific engineer, to undertake todrny the 
soundness of principles laid i.own on such a sub- 
ject lry'<:eneral Totten, Prof. Bathe and Admiral 
I)av!s", who composed that commission. 

.Now in the application of those principles t> 
this structure, gieat care appears to have been 
taken ly the Boartl of Harbor Commissioners. 
They consulted Prof. Pierce, now superintendent 
of ihe L nited Matts Coast Purvey, ami Prof. Henry 
Mitchell, who furnished the data upon which the 
I'nited Mates < Vinniissioneis made their import, 
andinthe'r report they say : "In its wide spans 
and the adjustment of its piers to the direction of 
the cnvr?nt of the channel it crosses, this bridge is 
a sample of the class of bridges which ought soon 
to snpe-sede the irregular masses of piles and tim- 
ber caled nite bridges, that .so injuriously choke 
up the outle.s to the teservoirs of Boston Harbor." 

Ihe Spec! icatioi s for the bridge were examined 
with gieat cave by Major-General Foster of the 
United stares- Engineer Corps and Mr. T. Wi'Jis 
Pratt, engineers wkose reputations are not sur- 
passed by any in this country. 

In the recent examination before the Committee 
on Paving, General Foster's opinion was asked as 
to the strength of the bridge. He said- 

"I think it is ample. I kvoir it ».•*. I know the 
strength of it; that is to say, if the iron was good 
it is calculated with an* ample margin for 
strength. '! he item of strength is computed ex- 
actly by figure's. ' We know what iron will stand 
and 'what margin will be necessary for safety. For 
iron we give only one-fourth of the strain it would 
bear, and of the" wood -we give only one-tenth." 

Mr. Pratt stated that he went over the calcula- 
tions with (ieneral Foster and would indorse what 
he said in respect to it. 

In regard to the weight it would bear, he said : 

"I think Mr. Herschels specifications made it 
one hundred pounds to the square foot. I forgat 
now at whose suggestion it was, but the standard 
was raised, and the rate was one hundred and fifty 
pounds to the square foot. That would make a 
linear foot of the road bear six thousand pounds, 
and with the two sidewalks would make two thou- 
sand pounds more, making eight thousand, and 1 
think they are strong enough to bear that." 

Alderman Pierce, questioning the witness, said, 
"It is important for us, and this, inquiry has 
reached a point where it is necessary for us to sat- 
isfy ourselves in regard to this contract, whether 
it is fully up to the demands of that locality; and 
we want the opinions of engineers and men of 
experience, who know about it." 

In reply to that remark. Mr, Pratt said: ''I think 
the whole is comprehended in this statement, that 
the bridge will bear eight thousand pounds to the 
linear foot, and carry that weight over the whole 
length at the Same time. I think that is a suffi- 
cient answer to anything of that kind." 

The Chairman (Alderman -, Carpenter) asked : 
"Should you want a stronger. bridge than this if 
you were called upon to build one today in that lo- 
cality?" 

Mr. Pratt said— "I think I should calculate the 
same standard of one hundred and fifty, pounds to 
the square foot." 

Mr. Presilent, I have endeavored toshow thus far 
lirst, that the bridge is needed, and second that it. 
will not 6nly be a safe bridge, but such a bridge as 
the city ought to build in this place. 

There would have been no difficulty, whatever in 
carrying out this enterprise if it had not been for 
the large expense involved in the revised grade 
established at the beginning and end of the exten- 
sion by the Board of Aldermen. The City Charter 



makes the Board of Aldermen the Surveyois of 
Hizhw.iys. 

They can alter or establish grades of streets as 
in their opinion the public safety and convenience 
require, and there is no appeal that I know ot. 
irom their decision. 

The city has got to pay the bills. If they act 
without proper juc'gmer.t, the citizens must take 
the matter in hand and send better men, 

I suppose there is no question that this charge 
of grade will be an improvement, not only by giv- 
ing an easy ascent to the bridge, but bypeima- 
nently improving tstatcs which weie beicrc too 
low. The only question is whether the improve- 
ment is likely to ue sufficient to warrant the ouc- 
lav. Ihat is" difficult to settle. Any one who saw 
the raising of the grade in the vicinity of the new 
Post Office on Devonshire street, while it was m- 
progress. would have said it was a great mistake. 
Anyone who looks at it now will say it would ha] e 
been a much greater mistake not to have done it. 

1 do not pretend to say that this charge ef grade 
in connection with the extension of Broadway was 
a necessity. We are not called -upon to say that it 
was right or Wrong. It was established by conq e- 
tent authority, and the presumption is, that it is 
right. 

.Mr. President, will the additional appropriation 
be sufficient to complete the structure? 

From the statements made by the Committee on 
Streets of this branch in regard to the way m 
which the several items of the appropriation are 
made up, 1 think it is reasonable to suppose that 
the amount asked for is sufficient. I don't think 
the Committees on Streets and Paving, comprising 
half the members of the Board of Aldermen, would 
have put their names to the report printed in City 
Document >'o. 28, unless they felt fully satisfied 
that they were presenting the facts. Five of them 
are new members, not committed ill any way to 
the protect^ '. ' • 

If there was any idea in the minds of members 
that it would be judicious to cancel the contracts 
for this work and remove the portion of the struc- 
ture "already" erected, 1 think the report of the 
Committee on Streets must have shown the wild- 
ness of it. That report states that probably it 
would cost between $600,030 and $700,000 to cancel 
the contracts and remove the structuies in the 
present condition of the work. 

And now, Mr. President, I have only to say that 
I hope the gentlemen of the Council will look upon 
this as a much needed and necessary improve- 
ment, and give their votes in favor of this order. 

Mr. Learnard of Ward 11 moved to strike out the 
sum of .1450,000 and insert .$300,000. • 

In support of this amendment he cited the re- 
port of the Committee as to the amount of grade 
damages, and what was said of the change of 
grade. It appeared also that the Board of Alder- 
men had not established the new grade of the 
streets leading into Albany street, the estimated 
expense of grade damages being $150,000. The cost 
of this change of grade might be saved, and 
he believed that under the circumstances if 
$150,000 could he saved it was the duty of the 
Council to save it. Mr. Learnard closed by 
offering a resolution declaring that it was not ex- 
pedient to carry out the revised grade of the Board 
of Aldermen in the extension of Broadway. 

The Chair ruled that the resolution was not in 
order at this time. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he did not expect to 
change the minds of any gentlemen, but he would 
give his reasons for voting for the order. Under 
the discussion in relation to fraud in the matter cf 
building the bridge, he offered the order upon the 
expediency of removing the bridge. From an ex- 
amination of the structure, and inquiries of per- 
sons interested, his views had been somewhat modi- 
fied. It would cost probably as much to remove the 
structure as it would to finish it, and in that light 
there would be a gain in keeping the structure. He 
was satisfied that the bridge was much better 
than he supposed it was, and as he could not agree 
with those who suggested that it should remain as 
a memorial, he cculd not see any other course than 
that of finishing the 'ridge. He was oppesed to 
the amendment lor tno reason that it was not 
worthwhile to doatlrng by halve- . and if any 
one would look the ureter all over, be would be 
satisfied that the grade < i Albany-street must I c 
raised. Should the grade be establi.-hcd, as pro- 
posed by the amendment, there must be a charge 
hereafter, at a much greater cost. 

The grades proposed will not be any too high, as 
any one must be satisfied, who would thoroughly 
examine the subject. These icasons he had given 



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by way of a full confession as to his mistake in bis 
former views, and he hoped the ordeis would pass 
unamended. 

Mr. Hall of Ward I opposed the amendment, and 
advocated the passage of the order, believing that 
the appropriation could not he reduced if the im- 
provements were properly carried out. 

Mr. Frost of Waid 9 said that for three years 
the | eople of South Boston bad petitit oeu the 
Citv Council tor a new avenue to south Boston. 
Last year, finding that it would cost $l,6P0,0Oo they 
came' to the City Council, and believing that s'o 
much could hardly I e granted, they asked only for 
$560,000, !n that |ilan it was propos cl to adopt 
ihe steep grade, although it was first said that the 
extensi, n should be at grade. It was claimed that 
the steep grade would be an advantage, to prevent 
heavy travel from ,;oing over that route, for one 
avenue was needed particularly for light travel. 

The people had been deceive I in the matter, and 
the money had been misappropriated. The origi- 
nal plans were abandoned and new ones adopted, 
and yet contrary to the provisions of thejointrules 
the matter was not brought before the City Coun- 
cil. The contracts under these plane were illegal, 
and he did not know how far the city was hound 
by them. Besides this, and instead' of coming to 
the < icy Council for instructions, the Board of Al- 
dermen proceeded to change the grade. 

Mr. Frost examined the various estimates and 
item? of expense, and in relation to the proposed 
amendment, he said, if the money was appropri- 
ated it would he expended for the grade as estab- 
lished by the Beard of Aldeimen, and not as if 
might he wished by the Council, so that the 
amendment would he of no avail. Last year 
orders were passed for an inquiry in relation to 
the change of grade, and n<> report was made on 
the subject. Inquiries showed that the 'Board of 
Aldermen considered that it was none of the busi- 
ness of the Council to interfere or know about it. 
The Council had this year propcaed to add a pro- 
viso to the appropriation for paving, and it was 
said that it was no concern of the Council. He 
did not believe tha- this was the proper view- of the 
subject, and if there must be a suit to test the 
question, he was. willing to take th" responsibility 
in the matter, ft was time thrt something was 
done that a revision of the city charter should 
take place. Under the circumstances he was op- 
posed "Roth to the amendment and to the orders, 
and hoped they would not pass. 

Mat. vvells of Ward ." reminded the Council of re- 
mariis made by him when the subject of the appro- 
priation for paving was up for consideration. An 
appropriation was made for paving, and the Board 
of Alderman was going oil to expend $100,000 for 
wooden pavement, 'the Council could not help 
itself. He never was so dissatisfied with any 
vote of his as in voting in favor of the extension of 
Broadway. 'Ihe city had got into this matter and 
there was no help but to go on, finish the bridge, 
complete the grade, as established, and pay for it. 
The parties will finish their contracts, and we 
must pay the expense. The Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on streets hopes the order will not pass; 
but what is he to do? It would not do to leave 
matters in that way, and he would willingly vote 
for the sum needed to extend the street to Pleasant 
street. '1 lie Council had its opportunity v. hen the 
appropriation forpaving was up, and that appio- 
priatio'i might have been cut down, but now there 
was no heh'. 

Un motion of Mr. Noyes of Ward 5, the main 
question was ordered, the amendment of .Mr. Learn- 
ard was lost, and the orders were passed by a vote 
of 48 to 11, SS follow: : 

Yeas— Ayer, Barnard, Barnes, Biekfoid. Bick- 
nell, Bishop, Bonner, Bradt, Brown, Burt, Devine, 
Doherty, Dolar, Donnelly, Flanders, Giblin, Going, 
Cray, l'iall, .Meads, Moulrcu. Murphy, JNiles, Is'oyes, 
O'Brien, O'Connor, Barker. Perkins, Poor, Pope, 
Quiim. Kich, Bobbins, Roberts, Kogers. Kyan 
Say ward , Seavems, smith, Talbot, Taylor, Temple. 
Vannevar, Wells, Wilkins, William"?, Winch, 
Woods. 

X ays— Bond, Brooks, Frost, Gay, Hull, Learnard, 
Morse, Patch, Squires,' Tucker, AV oolley, 
nrroRT of a committee. 

Mr. Poor of Ward 11. from the Committee on 
Finance, to whom were referred the order in rela- 
tion tO unexpended balances being placed in the 
sinking Fund, made a report thai no action is 
nece ssary thereon. Accepted' 



i imi.lo V.»i:n. 

On motion of Mr. Tucker of Ward IS, 

Ordered, That the sum of $916 29be and hereby 
is appropriated for new hose and repairing old 
hose, the same to be charged to the appropriation 
for the Fire Department. 

Ordered, That the sum of $754 82 be and hereby 
is appropriated for repairing apparatus, the same 
to be charged to the appropriation for the Kile 
Department. 

On motion of Mr. Winch <>r Ward pi. 

Ordered, That the Joint ( ocamittee on < ommon 
and Suuares.be authorized to contract for water- 
ing portions of the street- around the Common, 
Public Harden and squares of the city, at an ex- 
pense not exceeding $1000. to be charged to the 
Appropriation for tin- Common and Squafi B. 

Ordered, that the Superintendent of Common 
and squares be authorized, under Ihe direction of 
the Joint Committee on. Common and Squares, to 
purchase red gravel for the paths on the public- 
grounds, at an expense not exceeding $2000, to be 
charged to the appr'opration for Commou and 
Squares. 

Ordered, That the Joint Committee on Common 
and Squares le authorized to contract with John 
Keardon for the care of Blackstone. Franklin, Wor- 
cester and Lowell square's, and Onion park, at an 
expepse not exceeding S1550, to he charged to the 
appropriation for Common and Squares. 

Ordered, That the Joint Committee on Common 
and Squares be authorized fo contract with Peter 
Callaghan for the care of Maverick square, Bel- 
mont square, and Central square, and the trees in 
the streets of Ward 1. at an expense not exceeding 
.stOOO. to be charged to the appropriation for Com- 
mou and Squares. 

Ordered, that the Joint Committee on Common 
and Squares be authorized to lay out and grade 
Cedar square and build a bank wall and an iron 
fence, at an expense not exceeding $3600, to be 
charged to the appropriation for Common and 
Squares. 

Ordered, That the Joint Committee on Common 
and Squares be authorized to contract for the con- 
struction of a suitable iron fence around .Meeting 
House Hili, Ward Hi, and grade said hill at an ex- 
pense not exceeding $7000, to be charged to the ap- 
propriation for Common and Squares. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ferries be 
instructed to inquire and report as to tbe nature 
of the duty performed by the Clerk of the Board 
of Direetqrs of the Fast Boston Ferries and the 
Assistant Clerk thereof; also as to amount of 
compensation allowed said clerks, and whether 
said clerk and assistant have devoted their time 
to the requirements of their respective offices 
since their appointments, or whether . they have 
been engaged in other business ; and if so, to whac 
extent; also, whether in their opinion one clerk i> 
not sufficient for the duty to. be performed. 

i-etitio -'s ::ri£se -Ti:i> a: t d referhkh. 

A. Folsom & Sons, for a fire alarm box near 
Bumstead lane and Longwood avenue. Referred 
to Committee on Fire Alarms. 

Vincent Beatty, to he paid for dam ages caused 
to himself and horse in consequence of a defect in 
Kendall street. Referred to Committee on Claims. 

Henry McCoy and 5S others, against opening 
the Public Library on Sundays. Kef erred to Coin- 
mmittee on Public Library. 

Daverd Hendrikse, for leave to exhibit a flying- 
horse machine on Madison square. Referred to 
Committee on Common ami Squares. 

James McCormick and others, th-.t Longwood 
avenue- be lighted from Western avenue to Parker 
street. 

William saywaid and others, that the pay jf the 
employes in the paving department in W'ard IS 
may ba the same as in other portions of the city. 

Severally sent up. 

COMMITTEE ON CF.LEBKATIOS OF Fol'K'l II OF 

• II LV. 

The President appointed the Committee under 
the order adoptod at the last meeting of the 
Council as follows : 

W'ard 1, Brooks; -', Brown: .:, WelLs; 4. Hull; 0, 
Flanders; t;. Mies; 7, Bishop-. 8, Squires; y. Wil- 
kins; 10, L'owe: 11, Roberts; l_\ Cray; 13, Ryazi; 
14, "Bradt; 16, Kingsbury; lit, Temple. 

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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 9, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of AI- 
dermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Shurtleff presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Four grand and six petit jurors were drawn for 
the U. >. Circuit Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Weigher of Coal — Chas. H. Moseley. 

Measure's of Wood and Bark and Weighers of 
Coal— George M. Cook, VVm. Jordan, Kandall G. 
Morse. 

special Police Officers, without pay — Robert 
llanwell, for duty on Eighth street, between D and 
E streets; Stephen .Nelson, for Boston Gas Light 
Company. 

Assistant Sealers of Weights and Measures, (nom- 
inated Ly Sealers) — C. Fred. Reed, for Northern 
District; Daniel Hunt, for Middle District; Win. 
Hcmy Adams, for Southern District. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, to whom was referred the nominations of Jo- 
seph B. Blanchard, George Emeraon, George F. 
Gould and Oliver Whitcomb for Lieutenants of 
Police, reii< rted that the same should he approved 
and confirmed. Report accei ted, and nominations 
confirmed. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

F. W. Sawyer, for compensation for damages to 
his estate, 443 Federal street, on account of change 
of grade. 

James G. Haynes (lessee), to be paid for grade 
damages on Harrison avenue. 

ihomas F. Temple and others, that the employes 
of the Paving Department in Ward 16 may be 
paid the same compensation as in other sections of 
the city. 

Boston & Maine Railroad Company, that Canal 
street, near Haymarket square, be repaved, &c. 

.Nathan D. Conantand others, that Prentiss, Hal- 
leck and Mindoro streets may be graded. 

John M. Stark and others, that Eighth street 
be graded and put in order between K and M 
stieets. 

G. Warren & Co., for leave to pave Columbus 
avenue with wood. 

Franc's Whitten and others, that the curbstones 
on Brooks street between Lexington and Trenton 
streets may be set at a straight grade. 

A. D. Sinclair for a plank sidewalk on Newbury 
street, from No 35 to the Episcopal church. 

Otis Kimball and others, that the sidewalks on 
L'pton street may be put in order. 

Alvah Kittredge and others, that Linwood street 
and Highland avenue may be graded. 

Ch ir es Milmore and others, that Cabot street 
may be graded between Concord and Weston 
strte s. 

Win. Wise, for compensation for damages by 
raising of Broadway. 

Thos. Carberry and others, that Vernon street be 
graded lrom Cabot to Tremont street. 

Henry A. G. Pomeroyand others, that wood satu- 
rated with coal tar be not laid on Columbus ave- 
nue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Benjamin Smith, that the sewer in Margaret 
street be repaired. 

Nicholas J. Bean and others, for a sewer in Sec- 
ond street, east of K street. 

Charles Hunt, for a new culvert and sewer in 
Minot street, near Neponset avenue. 

Win. Whiting and others, for a sewer in Warren 
street, to drain Montrose avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

John H. Butler and others, that Devonshire 
street be extended to Dock square. 

John S. Moulton, A. C. Bennett and others, for 
the removal of the Old State House. 

Severally referred to Committee < n Streets. 

Jacob Fox, for abatement of tax on his property 
for 1869. Referred to Committee on Assessors' 
Department, 



Metropolitan] Railroad Company, for leave to 
arect a stable on Bdgewood street." 

Louis Earl, for leave to erect a wooden stable 
lor one horse on Hartford and Howard street!* 
(Ward 1i. i. 

Urn. Merritt and others, that Haymarket square 
be swept twice a week in summer. 

Francis D. Hall, for leave to erect astablc in rear 
oi his house on Broadway. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

James McCormlck and others, that I.ongwood 
avenue be lighted from Western avenue to Parker 
street. Referred to tin Committee on Lamps. 

Frances C. Clark for leave to remove a tree from 
sidewalk on Milmont street. 

H. s. Washburn and others that Belmont square 
be opened to the public. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Common 
and Squares. 

Highland Congregational Society lor leave to 
erect a large wooden edifice for religious purposes 
on Parker street. Referred to Committee on Fire 
Department. 

Barnard Nelson to be compensated for personal 
injuries sustained by his wife from a fall in South 
Market street. Referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Harbor Master's boatmen, for increase of wages. 
Referred to the Committee on Harbor. 

David Hendricks for leave to exhibit flying 
horses on Madison square. Referred to Committee 
on Licenses. 

NOTICES OK OJTEHTIOJT TO BUILD. 

F.Evans, 40 Kingston street; John R. Hall, 512 
and 514 Hanover street; Joiin Dohertv, 35 North 
Margin street; H. B. Stratton, corner oi' Dorches- 
ter and Third streets; J. W. Converse, 156—160 
North street, also on Atlantic avenue; Peter 
Walsh, 17 Clark street; B. & J. R. Means, Second 
street, between Athens and Federal streets; Rob- 
ert Moore, 16 Cross street; Ira A. Medberv, Fifth 
street, between F and Dorchester streets: Samuel 
Rice, 26 Oak street; Temple Club, West street; 
Frederick Walsh, coiner of Hanover and North 
Centre streets; John Rentland, Fourth, near O 
street; T. H. Smith, 33 Tilestoh street and rear of 
same; S. N. Stockwell, Barker street, near Gore 
avenue; Thomas K. Daunt, 386 Fourth street; 
Lewis Earl, Kendall street, and corner of Howard 
and Hartford streets; Manson & Peterson, corner 
of Maverick and Bremen streets; Metropolitan 
Railroad Co., corner of Warren and Edgeworth 
streets; James Devine. corner of Harrison avenue 
and Concord street; D. H. Jacobs, 326 Washington 
street; G. F. Meacham, Eliot street; D. E. Poland, 
114 and 116 Washington street; S. Connolly, Fed- 
eral street, opposite Fifth street ; John Shaugh- 
nessy, Telegraph street, between Knowltou and 
Mercer streets. Severally referred to the Commit- 
tee on Streets. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF FAN- 
EUIL HALL MARKET. 

The quarterly report of the Superintendent of 
Faneuil Hall Market shows receipts as follows for 
the quarter ending April 30: 

Received for rent of stalls ¥10,396 50 

" " " cellars 5,280 00 

Rermaient outside stands 498 75 

Fees for weighing ac market scales 31 30 

Rent of stalls in new market 3,030 00 

" ceUars in " 1,462 50 

$29,699 05 

The whole amount of which was paid into the 
City Treasury. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

The quarterly report of the Overseers of the 
Poor, for the quarter ending April 30, 1870, was 
presented, showing receipts and expenditures, as 
follows: 

Receipts: 

Cash on hand, Jan. 31 , 1870 $ 5,976 67 

Dr ft on City Treasurer 19,000 00 

Cash from cities and towns 4,319 05 

Cash from State for sick State paupers. . 2,282 45 

( lash from State for burials 1 ,409 00 

Cash from burial 7 00 

Total $32,974 17 

The expiMvliturer. were as follows: 



MAY 9 , 18 7 0. 



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Paid for burials $971 37 

" cities and towns for relief of Boston 

poor 1,809 34 

" expenses of Charity Building 1,676 38 

" pensions and grants of office 3,621 13 

" immediate relief of persons bavins 

no settlement 52 00 

" for coal 5,676 51 

" " groceries 4,155 00 

" " salary of secretary 550 00 

" " '* bookkeeper 375 00 

clerk 162 50 

" " '• visitors . 950 00 

" " office expenses 55 45 

" transportation 44 80 

" •• engineer's salary, $324 99— ex- 
penses, $26 79 ; janitor's sala- 
ry, £270— expenses, $21 50 643 28 

$20,742 76 
Luts from sta'c. $3601 15; occupants 
of Charity Building, *487 4178 45 

£24,921 21 
Cash balance in treasury 8,072 96 

HBAKINtiS ON OBDEBS OF NOTICE. 

The orders of notice on petitions lor erection of 
Stables by Ann Cross on Marcella street, I. H. 
MeailB on'G street, and Arthur H. Wilson on Fifth 
street j also on the proposed laying out and ac- 
ceptance of Hall street, and on laying out Trask 
place, and on laying out Madison street between 
s hi wmut avenue and Washington street, were sev- 
erallv considered. 

In relation to the laying out of Madison street, 
in reply to an inquiry of an abutter. Alderman 
Talbot stated that no land was taken for widening 
the slice:. 

The several reports were recommitted. 

D .11- iSHKD BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second tune 
and passed: 

Ordered, That there be paid to George S. Wins* 
low $7112 for laud taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the widening of Eliot street, hy resolve 
os Dec. 31, 1869, to be charged. to the Eliot Street 
Loan. 

( ndered, That there be paid to Howard Gannett 
$2000 for all iiainages occasioned his estate on Cot- 
ton place by reducing it to grade established for 
that portion of Fort Hill, by resolve of April 22, 
1870, to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement 
Loan. 

( irdcred, That there lie paid to Moses Kimball 
£7700 dollars for all damages, occasioned his estates 
4 and 5 Quiacy place and 26 Hamilton street, by 
reducing them to grades established by resolve of 
April 22, 1870, to be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement Loan. 

Ordered. That there be paid to John StrattOB 
$3087 -'.7. for land taken and damages occasioned 
by the widening and grading of Oliver street — 
£2410 12 being the award and £677 25 interest from 
.September 6, 1865, to May 12, 1870, to be charged to 
the Oliver street Loan. 

ordered, fhat there be paid to F. S. Carrutli 
£loiiu for all damages occasioned his estate 135 
Purchase street by the widening ami grading of 
said street, under resolve of July 23. 1869. to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Franklin King 
£1000 for all damages occasioned his estate, 133 
Purchase street, by the widening and grading of 
said street, by resolve of July 23, 1869, to be charged 
to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered ', That there be paid to Clark & Wood- 
ward $1000 for all damages occasioned their estate, 
'27 Purchase street, by the widening and grading 
of said street, by resolve of July 23, I860, to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there he paid to the heirs of Ben- 
jamin Owen $5848 To, f or land taken and all dam- 
ages occasioned their estate by the widening and 
grading of Purchase street, by resolve of July 2:;, 
1869, to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement 
Loan. 

Ordered, that there be paid to Martha A. Lewis, 
$1000 for all damages occasioned her estate 131 
Purchase street by the widening and grading of 
said street, by resolve of July 23, 18C9, to be 
charged to thet'ort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, that there be paid to Eliza J. Emmes 
£1350 for' land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of- Hanover street, by resolve of 



Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second Hanove 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, i-.hattherebe paid to the heirs of Dennis 
J. Mahoney £1800 for all damages occasioned their 
estate No. 'i Ouiet place by reducing it to grade by 
a resolve of April 22, 1870, to be chaiged to the 
Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, that there be paid to Michael E. Sweeny 
$1800 for all damages occasions! his estate Xn. 2 
Quiet place, by reducing it to grade by resolve nf 
April 22, 1870, to be chaiged to the Fort Hill 
Improvement Loan. 

PAPEBS FKOIi THE CQMliOJ COUNCIL. 

The petition;; of A. Folsoni & sons, Vincent 
Beatty, and Henry .McCoy and others, were referred 
in concurrence. 

The Report of Committee on Finance, that no 
action is necessary on subject of unexpended bal- 
ances of appropriations, was accepted in concur- 
rence. 

The following order. Were severally passed in 
concurrence : — 

Orders for repairs of apparatus and hose of Fire 
Department. 

Order for watering Ihe streets around the Com- 
mon and Putdic squares, a? :i cost of $1000. 

Order to contract with Peter Callahan for care of 
squares in Fast Boston, at a cost of £600. 

Order for contract with John lfcardon for care of 
Blackstone, Franklin, Lowell- and other squares, 
at a cost of £1550. 

Order for grade and fence around Meeting Hou e 
hill, &c. at an expense not exceeding $7000. 

Order to lay out and grade < vd.ir square, &c. t at 
an expense not exceeding S3500. 

( lider for put chase of sufficient quantities of red 
gravel for public squares, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $2000. 

Order to pay George Demaiy, a fireman, £100, for 
personal injuries sustained by him. 

Order of inquiry as to duties of Clerk of Jjast 
Boston Ferries. 

Order authorizing the Cochvtuate Water Board 
t3 report in print. 

Order authorizing Committee on F^ast Boston 
Ferries to settle with the persons employed as In- 
spectors of the ferry property from December, 
1869. to April, 1870. 

order for appointment of Joint Committee on 
Fourth of July, at an expense for celebration 
not exceeding $20,000. 

The Mayor joined the whole Board of Aldermen 
to the committee. 

KEPOBTS OF COMMITTEES.. 

Alderman Pope; from the Committee on Public 
Lands, to whom was referred the petition of the 
Trustees of the Hew England Female Medical Col- 
lege for an extension of time in which to complete 
th3 building already commenced hy them on C .n- 
coafd street, east of Harrison avenue reported the 
following order, which was passed: 

Ordered, That the time for completing the build- 
ings now being erected hy the trustees of the New- 
England Female Medical College, on Concord 
street, east of Harrison avenue, be and the same is 
hereby extended torn July 1.1870 to Jan. 1, 1871. 

Alderman Pope, from the same committee, to 
whom was referred the petition of o. and F. Dar- 
ling & Meads, that the time for erecting and com- 
pleting dwelling houses upon tlnee lots -of land 
purchased by them of the city, .May, 21,1869, on 
Broadway, may be extended one year, made a report 
nc ompanied with the following order, which was 
parsed: 

Ordered. That the time for erecting and com- 
pleting a dwelling house upon each of the three 
lots of land on Broadway as purchase;; Of the city 
of Boston by Messrs. Darling & Meads, May 24, 
1869, be and the same is hereby extended for one 
year from May, 24. 1871. upon condition that they 
pay to the superintendent of Public Lands the sum 
of £150 within twenty days from the passage o 
this order. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
Kobert Bishop anil others, that Broad street !><■ 
watered from India wharf to Foster's wharf J also 
leave to withdraw on petition of 'Ihos. B. Williams, 
for the grade of Atlantic avenue at Central wharf. 
Accepted. . 

Alderman Carpenter, from the. same committee; 
to whom were referred the petition's of the New 
England Female Medical College and Patrick <<u\- 



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i ml oiiurs, that stoughton street, Ward H, 
be graded, reported the following order, which was 
read once : 

Ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade stoughton street between Har- 
rison, avenue and Albany street, at an estimated 

rust Of $CflfJ0. 

Alderman i ai neuter, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor (if licenses to G. F. Bai- 
ley & Co.. for lea vo to exhibit a eireus c< mpanv 
and menagerie, in tliiseity; Hermann Mauch, to 
exhibit a wild man at 512 Wat hingfnn street; 
.•stone & Murray's Circus Company, for leave to 
exhibit at Ease Boston, South Boston and the 
Highlands. Severally accented. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the same committee, 
reported licenses to three newsboys, one boot- 
black, eight wagon stands, two intelligence offices, 
two d<;dirs in second hand articles, fourteen vict- 
uallers and innholde g, one lie. -use to an aue'ion- 
eer, one transfer of wagon license; and revoking 
wagon license of P. Maloue, 145 Charlestown 
Etreet. severally accepted. 

AJderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Hearth, reported reference to the Committee on 
Common and squares, on petition of Harrison O. 
Hunt for abatement of anoyance near Washing- 
ton park. Accepted. 

TL.C same committee reported that leave be 
granted to build stables as follows: Ann Cress, 
on Mi> reel "a street; I. 11. Means, <. street; Arthur 
H. Wilson, Fifth street; Timothy F. Howe, Sheri- 
dan avenue, .severally accepted." 

Alderman Cinson, i'rom the Committee on the 
-"Market, reported in favor of the transfer of the 
lease of Decatur & Stevens, No. 1 Faneuil Hall 
Market. . Accepted. 

Alderman Fierce, from the Committee on Har- 
bor,' reported that the petition of 1.. B. Morse and 
othesfor the dredging id' the U ox bury Canal be 
referreil to the Committee on Sewers. Accepted. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported in favor of the transfer of license 
of John lvelley for watering streets to Asa Smith. 
Accei t (I. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported no action necessary on sundry notices of 
intention to build, and leave to withdraw on peti- 
ticn of H. P. l.angley aad others, that a public 
way may be opened* from No. 55<> Second stieet. 
severally acceptei'. 

eltDEFS PASSED. 

(in motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That Livingston place be hereafter 
called and known as Hreen place! 

Ordered, That Seneca street, leading from Dale 
street to Bower street. Ward 14, be hereafter called 
and known as Laurel street. 

Ordered, That the private way leading from 
Oeorge street, over land owned' by Jarvis W. 
Dean, be hereafter called and known as Jarvis 
place. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel West Canton street, 
between Columbus avenue and the Boston A Prov- 
idence Kai.lroad, at an estimated coat of S'2500. 

Ordered. That the Superintendent ol Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel West Newton street, 
west of Columbus avenue, at an estimated cost of 
$4000. 

Ordered, That the Board establish the grade 
of Vernon street, between Cabot and Treinont 
stre els, as drawn on a plan and profile made by the 
City Surveyor, dated .May 4, ]8<;y, and deposited in 
the office of said City Surveyor. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel Vernon street, be- 
tween Cabot and Treinont streets, according to the 
established grade of said street, at an estimated 
cost of *5000". 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to pave Swan street, and make such 
changes in the grade of said street, as he shall 
deem necessary, at an estimated cost of $3500. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets.be 
directed to pave Maiden street, between YVareham 
street and Harrison avenue, at an estimated cost 
of. .$40.10. 

Ordered, That the .Board establish the revised 
grade of Hanover street, between liichmond and 
Prince streets, as shown on a plan and prolile made 
by. the City Surveyor, dated May 1 , 1870, and de- 
posited in the office of the said City Surveyor. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets. 
under the direction of the Committee on Paving, 



be directed to grade Hanover street, between Rich- 
mond and Prince street-, according to the revised 
grade, and to settle with the abutters on said 
Street for damages done to their respective estates 
by the changing of the grade of said street, the 
cost of said grading and damages, to an amount 
not exceeding $25,000, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover street Loan. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Street- I. e 
directed to raise Dorchester avenue between First 
and Fourth streets, and Broadway between Dor- 
chester avenue and A street, to the grade] estab- 
lished by tl»e Board > f Aldermen Aug' si. 18<$9, and 
to pave the roadway of said Dorchester avenue 
with small granite block?, at an estimated cost of 
$61,000. 

Ordered, That notice be given to the South Bos- 
ton Ifaifioad Company thai m tnc opinion of this 
Board the safety and convenience of the public 
require thai; Dorchester avenue, between First and 
Fourth streets, and Broadway . between Dorche-ter 
avenue and A stieet, should lie repaved with small 
granite blocks, and that said company be directed 
lo pave on said streets the space between their 
rails and three feet outside thereof with small 
granite blocks, at such time as the superintendent 
of Streets shall direct and to his satistacaou. 

Ordered, That notice be and heieby is given to 
the Metropolitan Kailroad Company, that, in the 
opinion of this Board, the safety and convenience 
of the public required that Dorchester avenue 
should be repaved with small granite u'.ocks be- 
tween First and Fourth streets, and that sai,l com- 
pany be directed to pave on said avenue the space 
between their rails and three feet outside therein 
with small gianite blocks, at. such time as tAe 
Superintendent of Streets sliali direct, and to his 
satisfaction. 

Ordered,. That. permission be granted to Wm. I.. 
Bradley to erect telegraph posts on Dorchester 
avenue, south of Seventh street, and on Adams 
street to Neponset turn , ike, so called, to the town 
of Quincy, said poles to he erected under the direc- 
tion and to the satisfaction of the superintendent 
of Streets. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owners and abutters on Swan street to 
furnish edgeston.es to support the sidewalk, and 
to lay their sidewalk with brick within twenty days. 
Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed'to 
notify the owners and abutters on Columbus ave- 
nue, between Berkeley street and West Chester 
Parky to furnish edge'stones to support the side- 
walk, and to lay their sidewalk with brick within 
twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
notify the owner of estate No. 73 Forest street to 
furnish new edgestones to support the sidewalk, 
and lay his sidewalk with brick within twenty days. 
On motion of Alderman Braman, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Health be and 
iheyaie hereby authorized to cause the shore on 
Charles river, between Berkeley and Uevere 
streets, to be .dredged, at an expense not exceed- 
ing s'JdoO, and that the same be charged to Appro- 
priation for Health. 
On motion of Alderman Pratt, 
Ordered, That Mrs. E. Vickeiy, No. '228 Hanover 
street. C. A. Keckford, No. '-".'4 Hanover street, Ar 
showe & Co., No. 25 I'nion street, L. B-. Cay, 343 
Wellington street, be required to remove forth- 
with the several curtains hanging from the awning 
f 'antes projecting from the buildings occupied by 
them respectively, and which obstruct the light 
from the neighboring gas lamps, and in default of 
such removal, that the several parties be prose- 
cuted according to law. 

dered, That the Committee on Lamps be and 
they are hereby authorized to contract with Wm. 
H. Emerson for the repairing of the street lamps 
in the city proper, for one year, at the rate of 
§2500 per annum, payable in equal monthly instal- 
ments. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Lamps be and 
they are hereby authorized to contract with Jo- 
seph'!. Hyan lor the repairing of the street lamps 
located, fit South Boston and the Highland District, 
for one year, at the rate of $1370 per annum, pay- 
aide in equal monthly instalment. 

ordeiett, That the'Comniittee on Lamps be and 
they are hereby authorized to contract with Mes- 
srs.' .1. s. & Eli Hamblin for the repairing of the 
street lamps located at East Boston,, for one year, 
at the rate of $585 per annum, payable in equal 
monthly instalnients. 
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< irdered, Tbat the Annual Report of the Audi- 
tor of Accounts for the financial year 1869-70 be 
submitted in print, and that 4500 copies thereof be 
plinted; that :;500 copies be retained in the custody 
of the Auditor at City Hall, for distribution, and 
that the remainder be placed in the several 
Police station Houses also for distribution: and 
further, that public advertisement be made of 
the fact m the newspapers that said reports be 
placed in the Auditor's office, City Hall and in the 
several Police station Houses, where the citizens 
may obtain them on application. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot. 

< irdered, that there be paid to the heir; of Le'E- 
l.eus Stetson (Kleazer P. I'ratt, trustee), $3195 92, 
for land taken and all damages occasioned by the 
widening and grading of Hamilton street, by a re- 
so;ve of July 23, 1869, this amount, including the 
net proceeds of sale of old building material on 
land taken from said heirs, to be charged to the 
Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

i Irdered, 1 bat there l>e paid to the heirs of John 
Kennedy (Charles A. Kennedy, trustee) $11,38295 
tor land taken and all damages occasioned by the 
laying out of Atlantic avenue, by a resolve of Dec. 
t8, l«i 8, including net proceeds of old' buildiiK. 
material on estate of said heirs, to be charged to 
the Atlantic Avenue Loan. 

Ordered, That theie be paid to Mary S. T. Mac- 
omber, wife of \\ m. Macomber. $7780 for land 
taken and all damages occasioned bvttae widening 
of Federal street, by a resolve of June tf; 1868; to 
be charged tothe Federal street Loan; also order- 
ed, that the order passed Aug. 3, 1868. paving the 
said Macomber $7500, be and the same herebv is 
n - eindeeb- 

Ordered, That there be paid tothe heirs of Jacob 
Todd S4400 tor all damages occasioned to their es- 
tate, N(i.s;i Purchase street, bv reducing it to the 
grade established by resolve of April 22, 1870; to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered. That there be paid to the heirs of Jacob 
Todd S4408 for land taken and all damr.ges occa- 
sioned by the widening and grading of Purchase 
street, by a resolve of July 23, I860, to be charged to 
the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Abram French 
$1000 for all damages occasioned his estate "S'O. 187 
on Purchase street bv the widening and grading 
of that street, bv a resolve of Julv 23, 1869, to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Imnrovement Loan'. 

Ordered. That there be paid to the heirs of Win. 
lia\loid si 7411 lor land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned to their estate on Purchase street; No. 88, 
by the widening and grading of that street by a 
resolve of July 23, 1869, to be charged to the Fort 
Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered.'! hat the Committee on Laying Out and 
Widening Streets be and they herebv are author- 
ized, for the purpose of settlement of damages oc- 
casioned by the widening of Hanover street, to 
refer to arbitration the eases of the hebs of Fran- 
cis Amorv and tenants, and of Jacob Bancroft and 
tenants, on that street. 

On motion of Alderman Brainan, orders were 
passed for the abatement of nuisances on Harrison 
avenue. Friend, Albion, Middlesex, First. Eighth, 
Clapp and Eighth. Vicksburg, Nashua, Phillips, 
and southac streets. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Laying 
Out and Widening Streets, reported orders, which 
were read once, for the widening of Bovlston 
street, from Washington street to fremout street, 
at an estimated cost of $99,000, and for a loan of 
$115,0110 for the purpose. 

Alderman Talbot stated that the Bovlston Mar- 
ket Association had kept their leases* for several 
years terminating in May or June, in view of this 
prospective widening, and as several portions of 
this street had already been widened and the cor- 
ner building on Tremont street was down, it was 
deemed best that the whole widening should take 
place this year. Ihe cost of the widening at the 
Market House will be about $60,000. The Com- 
mittee had not yet been able to agree with Charles 
Francis Adams for his land, which was held higher 
than they believed should be paid for it. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

< hrders of notice were passed as follows: 

On the proposed widening of Summer street, 
northerly side, between Devonshire street and 
High street. Hearing, Mondav, May 23, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed laving out of Dartmouth street, 
Horn St. James street to the line of boundary be- 
tween lands of the Commonwealth and of the 
Boston Water Power Company. Hearing, Mondav, 
Maj 23, 4 P. M. 



On the nroposed widening of North street at the 
corner of Board alley. Hearing, Monday, May 23, 
4 P. M, 

THE BURRILL CLAIM. 

The report and order to refer the Burrill claim to 
three disinterested referees, to be appointed by 
the Committe on Claims, etc., specially assigned, 
was taken up. 

Alderman Talbot said that it was understood the 
friends of .Mr. Burrill were not satisfied to trust 
the appointment of the referees as proposed, and 
he moved to lay the order on the table. Carried. 

The following order, specially assigned, was con- 
sidered:— 

Ordered, That the Assessors be directed to re- 
port to the City Council the names of these persons 
who have notified tite said Assessors of a change 
of domicile from this city to othe» - towns or cities 
within the last four months, stating the names of 
the cities or towns to which such persons have re- 
moved. 

Alderman Cowdin said that since the last meet- 
ing of the Board several wealthy citizens had beeu 
to him and expressed the hop'e that this order 
would pass. One of them, who was a Boston bora 
boy, said he would stand by the city in the pay- 
ment of its taxes, and this man was worth his mil- 
lions. He hoped, therefore, that the order would 
pass. 

The order was passed by a vote of 7 to 4, as fol- 
lows: 

Yeas — Carpenter, Coi nor, Cowdin, Gibson, 
Pierce. Pope, Piatt. 

Nay- — Biamaii, Jacobs, Jenkins, Talbot. 

CHARITABLE FOOT) FOR INVALID POLICF?!! - ?:. 

On motion of Alderman Jacobs, the report and 
ordinance to establish a charitable fund for invalid 
policemen, was taken from the table and consid- 
ered. 

Alderman Jenkins moved as an amendment a 
provision that the accumulation of the luud shall 
< easo at the end of five yea.s. 

Alderman Jacobs said he had no objection to a, 
limitation of the mnd. 'Ihe matter was considered 
in committee, when it was deemed advisable to 
leave it to the discretion and judgment of future 
City Governments. It would seem best to have a 
limitation, and this was unobjectionable. 

Alderman Jenkins also proposed to amend by 
making the order take effect ojp and after 1st June, 
instead of May, as in the order. 

Alderman Tal'vot suggested whether it would 
not be well to provide that aftei the end of live 
years the accumulations shall go into the Sinking 
Fund. These witness ices, which are to make up 
the fund, are the property of the city, and mighc 
taks i hit course. 

Alderman Jenkins stated as probable lhat the 
fund would belaige in rive years. It would be 
likely to aaiount to $40,000, and ohe fees miph; 
then go into the city treasury. That sum was 
believed to 1 e sufficient to afford the aid neces- 
sary from its income. 

Alderman Cowdin oaid if but the interest was to 
be expended for the benefit of invalid policemen, 
it would not amount to much. Thefirst year would 
eat up She whole fund. There were some subjects 
for it which he hoped would be reached at the 
piesent time. There were men who had heen on 
the police, but were not now, who should have as- 
sistance. There were also those who, by age and 
incapacity, needed assistance. If we were co wait 
until the fund accumulated so that the interest 
would be sufficient to give all that was needed for 
aid, many of the men who were in need of help 
would die before getting anything. He would help 
the living before they die. If there was to be an 
accumulation for live years, there would need to 
be something to be available for present necessi- 
ties. 

On a recent visit to the Island, he saw two men 
in the Alms House who were formerly on the po- 
lice. It had teen said that these men were well 
pa itl, better than for some other kinds of service. 
But it was different from other kinds of service. 
These men were often obliged to risk their lives in 
a contest with ruffians, and the Government 
should protect them. They were much in the po- 
sition of the men who went to the front, and when 
they left their homes, they were assured their fam- 
ilies should be taken care of. 

Alderman Jacobs said the passage of this meas- 
ure does not cut off the relief granted in present 
cases. 'Ihere woultl be some income from ibis 
fund of $300 or $100 the present year, and for the 



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residue the city Government had the powerto pro- 
vide. 

Alderman Gibson said there was much to be said 
on both sides. He did not like the principle oi 
this measure. It was very much Mke placing the 
policemen in the position of rich mens sobs* de- 
priving them ni the inducement to save their 
money when fi.ey know they have something to 
fall back upon. 

These officers were better paid than some me- 
chanics, who have lo lose their tune when they 
are disabled, and will lie taxed to help make up 
this fund, vv'hen there is such a pressure to get on 
the police; the city should not ne called upon to 
pay out money which belongs in the City Treasury. 
The police officers are well paid now, their time 
belongs to the- city, and what fees are earned are 
du -iiijj.- their service Lor the city, some men would 
speua ".-rill a day ij" they had it, and it was better 
thai men should depend on themselves and save 
thei: inon-iy lor such times as they may need it; 
He would prefer leaving a portion of the money in 
the Treasury, when they would have a claim upon 
the ftiDd which would be accumulated. 

Alderman Jenkins said there had appeared to be 
an injustice here. The men who earn the.-.e fees 
were on duty at night and were obliged to attend 
court in the'day time. In this accumulation of a 
fund, the day police would have an equal benefit. 
There was a small fund now raised by the police. 

Alderman Gibson stated that these officers arc 
allowed a vacation of one month in the year, while 
other men have no income if they leave their busi- 
ness, such payments bear hard on small tax 
payers. There are now several of these men who 
have jcjh pensioned at $2 a day for a year or two. 

Alderman Cowdin regretted that this measure 
should meet with opposition. The police officers 
were often (•ailed upon to meet with ferocious men, 
and run much risk in their positions. We should 
have the best men in such situation^, and should 
lake care of them when disabled in the service of 
police. 

Alderman Gibson inquired whether this was 
called for by the petition of any one, or who asked 
for this appropriation. 

Alderman Jacobs replied that it came up on an 
order which was referred to the Committee on 
Ordinances. The Police Committee was advised 
with in regard to the subject, and he was surprised 
at the opposition of the Chairman of the Commit- 
tee on Police, when it was understood that he was 
in favor of the measure. 

Alderman Pratt said there were some matters for 
consideration in the remarks of the Alderman on 
his left, and it appeared like robbing Peter to pay 
Paul in the accumulation and distribution of this 



fund. The day police were aliowed to be on duty at 
theatres and other places in the evening, for which 
they arc paid, and the proceeds go into their own 
pockets. The other officers are on duty at night, 
and are required to be present in close court rooms 
during the day. for which they receive no Compen- 
sation. These fees go to make up this fund. ll< 
supposed it would be impracticable to arrange 
this fund as it should be, bill thought the subject 

should be recommitted to the committee to con- 
sider it in all [tS bearing.. There was an injustice 
in taking money from night officers alone, which 
the day police share in the beuelii of. He was 
aware that there was an objection to (riving wit- 
ness fees to officers. !V..m the inducement there 
might be to making arrests when there was no oc- 
casion to. So many suggestions bad been made 
that the subject shcuhi be recommitted, and he 
moved to Recommit. 

Alderman Cowd'.n lUggested that the objection 
might be metl>y evciv police officer paying fifty 
cents a month into tliis fund. 

Alderman Talbot believed it would be better to 
lay the subjec table to give the members 

further time Tor it-, consideration. He did not 
doubt that some amendment would be proposed 
which would meet the difficulty. He moved to lay 
the subject on the table. 

Alderman Pratt did not think that would meet 
the case. He believed that it would be better to 
recommit the subject to the Committee, for the 
maturing of some plan, and if they sboula report 
that this is the best he would vote lor it. 

The motion to lay on the table was withdrawn. 

Alderman Cowdin moved to amend the order by 
tequiring that each police officer deduct fifty cent's 
a month from his pay to make up this fund. He 
had consulted with officers and patrolmen and had 
not found the first man who had objee'edto such 
apian. 

Alderman Gibson said they could cot take the 
pay of the policemen from them without their as- 
sent. He was in favor of some such plan, if it 
could be properly done. 

The motion to deduct fifty cents a month was 
lost. 

Alderman Jacobs said that when the subject was 
before the committee, they gave a consideration 
to all these points which had been suggested. He 
did not think that anything could be gained by re- 
committing the report, except with instructions 
what should be done. The subject can as well be 
considered in the Board as in committee, and to 
give further time to consider what amendments 
ma j r be desirable, he moved to lay it on the table. 

The motion was carried. 

Adjourned. 



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COMMON C O U X C 1 1, 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

l*roenMliiiir\ of the Coiiiinuu Council, 

MAY 12, 1870. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 8 o'clock, M. E. 
Ingalls, the President, in the (hair. 

Ihe quarterly report of the Overseers of the 
Poor was ordered to be placed on rile. 

'the petitions of H. S. Washburn and others, of 
Barnard Nelson, and Harbor Master's boatmen, 
were referred in concurrence. 

Ihe following orders were read twice, and passed 
in concurrence: 

Order authorizing the printing and distribution 
of the Keport of the Auditor of Accounts for the 
financial year 18H9— 70. 

Order for the Assessors to report to the City 
Council the names of persons who have given no- 
tice cf change of residence from Boston to other 
cities or towns. 

Order authorizing an extension of time for D. & 
T. Darlii g and Meads, to build on certain land 
purchaseu by them of the city, on Broadway. 

Order authorizing an extension of time for com- 
pleting the building belonging to the trustees of 
the N. E. Female Medical College. 

The following orders were severally read once 
and ordered to a second reading: 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
Joseph T. Byan, for one year, for repairing the 
street lamps at South Boston and the Highland 
District, at the rate of $1370 per annum. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made for one 
year with W. H. Emerson, for the repair of the 
street lamps in the city proper, at $2500 per annum. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a secoiid time 
and passed: 

Order authorizing the Superintendent of Public 
Buildings to employ assistants for the Grammar 
School, Primaiy School, and Public Bnilding De- 
partments. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer to pur- 
chase horses, supplies, and materials for the Fire 
Department when needed. 

Order authorizing accommodations to be pro- 
vided for the Police in Ward 16. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
John T. ilassam, trustee, in settlement for dam- 
ages for the widening of Hanover street, at an ex- 
pense of $11,000. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
Mary O Brien, in settlement of damages for the 
widening of Purchase street, at $8500. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

John W. Kennefle, to be paid for personal inju- 
ries sustained by a fall in Devonshire street, de- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims. 

Proprietors of Lawrence Model Houses, to be re- 
imbursed money illegally assessed upon said 
houses for water rates, lieferred to Committee on 
Water. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Winch of Ward Ten from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Common and Squares, to whom 
was referred the request of the Cochituate Water 
Board for leave to exchange a portion of Highland 
Park for land adjoining, belonging to Stephen M. 
Allen, made a report, recommending the passage 
of the accompanying order, which was read twice 
and passed. 

Ordered, That the Mayor be authorized to convey 
to Stephen M. Allen 3974 5-10 square feet, more or 
less, of land belonging to the city of Boston, and 
forming a part of Highland Park, as shown in blue 
on a plan made by the City Engineer, and dated 
April 6, 1870; in consideration of said Stephen M. 
Allen's conveying to the city, by good and suffi- 



cient deed, .'W5 square feet, more or less, of land 
adjoining Highland Park, on Beech Ulen avenue, 
as shown in red on said plan, made by die City En- 
gineer and deposited in the office of the Cochituate 
Water Board. 

Mr. Emerson of Ward i;, from the Joint standing 
Committee on l*ul>lic Buildings, who were direct- 
ed to provide accommodations for Police Station 
No. 1. and the primary schools in the building, dur- 
ing the progress of the work of widening hanover 
street, made a report that accommodations for the 
schools have been furnished in the building in 
Cooper street known as the Armory Building, and 
that the committee have made arrangements for 
the accommodation of the police attached to the 
station in other city buildings until the present 
building can be again occupied. 

it will be necessary to move the building back 
to conform to the new line of the street, ami esti- 
mates have been obtained for removing and mak- 
ing such repairs and alterations as may be re- 
quired. The Committee on Laying Out "and Wi- 
dening Streets estimate the expense for land taken 
and damage done to the building at ST7,788, and 
from the estimates which they have received, the 
committee find that the work can be done within 
the above named amount. They would therefore 
recommend the passage of the accompanying or- 
der: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to move, alter and repair Police 
Station No. 1, at an expense therefor not to exceed 
the sum allowed for damages by the Committee on 
Laying Out and Widening Streets, amounting to 
•¥17,788, to be charged to the Appropriation for the 
Second Hanover Street Loan. 

The order was read twice and passed. 

ORDKUS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bathing be 
authorized to repair and maintain the bathing 
houses for men and boys on West Boston bridge. 
Craigie's bridge, Warren bridge, the Sectional 
Dock, East Boston, Arch wharf, Mount Washing- 
ton avenue bridge, at the foot of L street in South 
Boston, on Dover street bridge, and on Cabot 
street, Boston Highlauds ; also to repair and main- 
tain bathing houses for women and girls on War- 
ren bridge, at the Sectional Dock, East Bsston, at 
the foot of Broadway, South Boston, on Dover 
street bridge, and on Cabot street, Boston High- 
lands at an expense not exceeding the sum of $16,- 
500, to be charged to the appropriation for public 
baths. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bathing be 
authorized to furnish facilities for bathing in south 
Bay and Dorchester Bay, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $3000, to be charged to the appropriation 
for Public Baths. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bathing be 
authorized to employ such assistance as may be 
required for the proper care and management of 
the several bathing establishments under their 
charge, at an expense not exceeding $12,000, to be 
charged to the appropriation for Public Baths. 

On motion of Mr. Brown of Ward 2, 

Ordered, That the Trustees of the City Hospital 
be authorized to submit their report to the 30th 
April, 1870, in print, and that they he authorized to 
print 1200 copies. 

On motion of Mr, Parker of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That no portion of the $20,000 for the 
Fourth of July celebration be spent for hats, caps, 
gloves, bows, or any other furnishing goods (in- 
cluding clothing), for any member of the Com- 
mittee. 

Mr. Learuard of Ward 11 called for a report of 
the Committee on the order relative to the making 
of Mount Hope Cemetery self-supporting, the 
Committee having exceeded the time allowed by 
the rules for making such reports. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10, of the Committee, stated 
that they had not made up their report, and at his 
request further time was granted. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 moved that when the 
Council adjourn it be to 7>£ o'clock on Thursday 
evening next. Lost, 20 to 22. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceeding's of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 16, 1870. 



Hie regular weekly meeting' of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held tills afternoon at 4 o'clock, Mayor 
Shurtleff presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Constable — Benjamin Meriam, for Health De- 
partment, in place of Lionel Ayers, resigned. 

Weighers of Coal— Andrew J. McAlevey, Joseph 
H. Tucker, Abner 8. Wheeler. 

Weigher of Coal and Hay— Winthrop M. Kidder. 

Weighers of Coal and Measurers of Bark— Ed- 
ward f'endleton, Louis W. Jordan. 

Special Police Officers, without pay— Nathan J. 
Cottle for Boston wharf; Julius A. Sweetland for 
Broadway M. E. Church; Levi D. Hey wood for 
Scollay's Building. 

Field Drivers and Pound Keepers— William Mc- 
Chesley, East Boston; J. Stanley Lnderwood, East 
Boston. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Marcellus Humphreyi(lessee). to he paid for dam- 
ages occasioned by the widening of Hanover 
street. 

Avery Plumer and others, that Green and 
Chambers streets he widened on the southerly cor- 
ner. 

Joseph F. Paul and 95 others, for the laying out 
and extension of certain streets. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, for 
the use of Faneuil Hall on June 6, 1870. Referred 
to the Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

Mortimer Downey, for payment of grade dam- 
ages on Federal street. 

M. Moore, for payment of grade damages on Fed- 
eral street. 

John M. Clark and others, that Poplar street be 
filled and graded. 

Christopher Lee and others, that Colony street 
be graded. 

Hugh Greene and others, that Ontario street be 
graded. 

Michael Fitzgerald, to be paid for grade damages 
at No. 98 Dorchester avenue. 

Daniel Harrington, to be paid for grade damages 
on Vernon street. 

Silas W. Merrill, that the grade of vVest Concord 
street, now Greenwich park, be lowered. 

Wm. H. Gregerson and others, that a turnout 
on Grove Hall avenue and Dudley street be granted 
to Metropolitan Railroad Company. 

Joseph W. Tucker and. others, that a passage- 
way leading from Norfolk to Lambert streets may 
be graded and put in order. 

Isaac P. Palmer and others, that sidewalks be 
laid on E street from Bovven street to Eighth 
street. 

Augustus Parker, for a change of name of Sea- 
view street to Schuyler street. 

Gardner Brewer and others, that the Western av 
enue may be repaired and' put in order. 

Severally referred to Committee on Paving. 

Thos. W. Tuttle and others, for a sewer in Chap- 
man street. 

S. & A. K. Whittier and others, that the Harri- 
son avenue sewer be extended north at Union 
Park street. 

John W. McDonald and others, that the common 
sewer in Eliot street, from Pleasant street to War- 
renton street, be lowered. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Samuel H. Walley and others, that the passage- 
way rear of Newbury street be lighted with gas. 

Samuel N. Ufford and others, that Norfolk street 
(Ward 16), from the ward room to Mattapan, be 
lighted. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Lamps. 

A. L. Bailey and others, against the erection of 
a stable by A. H. Wilson on Fifth street. 

E. C. Chamberlain and others, against the erec- 
tion of a stable on the corner of Eutaw and Brooks 
streets. 

J. Q. A. Clifton and others, in aid oi the petition 
of S. H. Holbrook for a stable on Eutaw street. 

Jnmes Morrison; against location of a stable cm 
Fifth street. 



Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

K. E. Ap'thorp and others, against allowing M . 
Brown to moor a boat house at foot of .Mount 
Vernon street Referred to Committee on Paving. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BOLD. 

S. H. Holbroak. Eutaw street, between Brooks 
and White street; S. Y. Chase. Webster street; 
Boss <*t .Murray, D, near Fourth street; H. A. 
Hatch & Brother, Broadway, between Hartford & 
Erie Kailroad and D street;" II. 15. Libby, 50 North 
Anderson street; S. A. Way, rear 22 Castle street; 
Wm. A. Prescott, 271 to 277 Hanover street; John 
K. Hall, 22 Centre street; George H. Miles, Sixth 
street, between Band C streets; Henry L. Brack- 
ett, corner of Chain tiers and Green streets; S. C. 
Hayes, 100 to 108 Canal street; John McDonald, 
W. Canton street; J. W. Dean. Jarvis place; Thos. 
Elston, 171 Hanover street; Elijah Harris, Ninth 
street, between H and I streets; F. P. Conant, Mys- 
tic street; M. P. Bickford, corner of Tileston and 
Unity streets; heirs of Thos. Ashcroft, 53 .Middle 
street; Wm. Sohier, 7 Carver street: Wm. Morse, 
corner of Washington street anil Hunneman 
place; Baker & Campbell, 343 Tremont s.reet; 
John Kitchie, 323 Hanover street; Wm. A. Pres- 
cott, corner of Fruit and N. Grove streets ; E. Stod- 
dard, 239 Hanover street ; Stephen Stoddard, Chan- 
dler street; Abraham Lent, sixth street, between 
L and M streets ; Rachel Davis, Eagle street, near 
Putnam street; N. P. Duty, corner of Travers and 
Canal streets; G. A. Lans, corner of Hanover and 
Harris streets; John K. Hall, 064 to 606 Harrison 
avenue; Asa Mitchell, Fifth street, between F and 
Dorchester streets, also on Athens street, between 
A and Federal streets; R. S. Wade, 196 shawmut 
avenue. Severally referred to the Committee on 
Streets. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The order of notice on petition of Jordan, Marsh 
& Co. for leave to put up a steam engine in their 
store, No. 242 Washington street, was taken up. 
No person appeared, and the report was recom- 
mitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John Ritchie 
$15,000 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by resolve of 
October 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second Han- 
over Street JLoan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of John 
D. Dyer §5500 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the widening of Hanover street, by re- 
solve of October 15, 1869, to be charged to* the 
Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Jacob Alexander 
$5500 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by resolve of 
October 15, 1869, to be charged to the second Han- 
over Street Loan. 

Ordered, lhat there be paid to the heirs of James 
Munroe $9000 for land taken and all damages oc- 
casioned by the widening of Hanover street, by 
resolve of (Jet. 15, 1869, to be charged to the second 
Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Thomas Fitzgerald 
$6250 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by resolve of 
Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second Hanover 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Michael Geragbty 
.$9500 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by resolve of 
Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second Hanover 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of Jejse 
Knapp $5500 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the widening of Hanover street, by re- 
solve of Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover Street ho an. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Ann Louisa Hat- 
field $11,603 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned to her estates, Nos. 433 to 437 Hanover 
street, by the widening of said street, by resolve of 
Oct. 15. 1869, to be charged to the Second Hanover 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Ann Louisa Hat- 
field $6000 for land tuken and for all damages oc- 
casioned to her estate, No. 239 Hanovet street, by 
the widening of said street, by resolve of Oct. 15, 
1869, to be charged to the Second Hanover Street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the Commercial 
Wharf Corporation $141,000 for land taken and alll 
damages of every nature, occasioned them by 
the laying out of Atlantic avenue, by a r^sTlve <ji 



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Dec. 18, 1*G8, to be charged to the Atlantic Avenue 
Loan. 

ordeied, That there be paid to the Mercantile 
Whorl' Corporation $40,0(10 for land taken and all 
damages of every nature occasioned them by the 
laving out of Atlantic avenue, by a resolve of 'Dec. 
18, 1808, to be charged to die Atlantic Avenue 
Loan. 

Ordered, 'Chat there be paid to Marcus Masse 
88272 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Eliot street, by a resolve of 
Dec. 31, 180'J, to he charged to the Eliot street 
Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John H. Noble-, and 
O.iTQlihe s. Dodge, wife of Charles H. Dodge, $18,- 
o;iO lor land taken and all damages occasioned by 
the Widening of Hanover street, by a resolve of 
October IS, 18C9, to be charged to the second 
Hanover Ntieet Loan. 

Ordered-, That the Committee on Bridges be au- 
thorized to repair .Meridian street bridge, at an ex- 
pense not exceeding 81000, to be charged to the 
appropriation for bridges. 

Ordered, That the superintendent cf Streets be 
directed to grade and gravel Woodward street, 
Ward 12, at an estimated cost of $2500. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Laying Out and 
Widening streets be anil they hereby are author- 
ized to sell at public auction the lot of land on 
Bowker street, purchased by the city in the settle- 
ment of damages for the widening of saki street, 
the proceeds of said sale to be paid into the City 
Treasury. 

Ordeied, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to ^rade Orove Hall avenue between Dud- 
Icy and MoreJand streets, and to set theedgestones 
and pave the gutters on the s.;nie, at an estimated 
cost cf 84000. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade stoughtou street, between Harri- 
son avenue and Albany street ( Ward 11), at an esti- 
mated cost of $0000. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be and he hereby is 
authorized to borrow, under the direction of the 
Committee on Finance, the sum of one hundred 
and fifteen thousand dollars, the same to be appro- 
priated for the widening of Boylston street, be- 
tween Washington and Tremont streets, including 
the grading and paving of said street. Passed— 
yeas 12, nays none. 

The following order was considered : 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Finance, the sum of 800,000 to be applied to the re- 
building of Mount Washington avenue bridge, in 
accordance with plans and specifications proposed 
by the City Engineer. 

Alderman la! hot called attention to the con- 
troversy respecting the bridge in the Committee 
on the' Appropriation Bill. The amount to be 
raised to cover the State tax having been cut down 
$120,000, he suggested whether the amount nec- 
essary might not be charged to the Appropriation 
for the state Tax, and thus save the interest on 
the money prop< se.l to be borrowed. 

Alderman Oibson stated that the principal per- 
sons doing I usiness on Boston wharf and using 
the bridge," were desirous of postponing the worn 
of repairs until September, on account of the re- 
moval of fifty thousand hogsheads of sugar and 
molasses, which would be attended with much 
more labor and delay should this bridge be closed. 
He had assured those gentlemen that the Board 
would be inclined to favor th -m as much as possi- 
ble. 

Alderman Talbot, inquired whether the work 
could be delayed until September. 

Alderman Gibson replied that the work can be 
deferred for a time, and meanwhile the construc- 
tion of the draw could be got well along. 

Alderman Hawes said there were two com- 
plaints made last week that the bridge was not 
safe, it was continually a bill of expense from the 
bridge breaking through. It would be impossible 
to keep the brioge open, for should it be used, it 
could not be completed the present year. The Fed- 
eral street bridge is to be widened as soon as this is 
done, and it is desirable that this should be com- 
menced at an early day. That there may be further 
consideration of the matter, he moved that the 
order be laid on the table.' Carried. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of JohnW. Kennefic, and of the pro- 
prietors of Lawrence Model Houses, wqre referred 
in concurrence. 



The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: — 

Order for Committee on public buildings to alter 
Police Station A'o. 1, at a cost of $17,788. 

Orders for Committee on Bathing to maintain 
bathing-houses; to establish new ones at South 
Bay, and Dorchester;, and to engage assistants to 
take charge thereof. 

Order for exchange of land with S. M. Allen, on 
Hghland Park. 

The order for Trustees in the City Hospital to 
report in print 1200 copies — being under consider- 
ation, 

Alderman Talbot moved to amend by making it 
to lead the usual number, which was 450 copies. 
It was fully understood when the appropriations 
were made, that each department should pay for its 
own printing. If more than the usual number of 
copies of this report were wanted to send off, let 
them be printed at the expense of the appropria- 
tion for the hospital. 

The order was amended as proposed, and as 
amended was passed in concurrence. 

The order forbidding any portion of Fourth of 
July appropriation to be expended for hats or 
, clothing for said Committee being under consider- 
ation, 

Alderman Pierce proposed to amend as follows: 

Also, that no part of said appropriation shall be 
expended for any dinner, beverage, or refresh- 
ments of any kind whatsoever, by said Special 
Joint Committee or any member thereof, or for 
any member of the City Council; and no bill for 
the objects set forth shall be allowed for payment 
by the Auditor of Accounts, nor shall aaid Auditor 
of Accounts allow for payment any bills against 
said appropriation, unless the object and purposes 
for which said bill was contracted shall be ex- 
pressly stated in detail upon the face thereof. 

Alderman Cowdin wished to kuow whether the 
mover was in earnest or not in offering the amend- 
ment. It was clear that no member of th3 City 
Government had any right to take from the ap- 
propriation anything designed for his personal ag- 
grandizement or benelit, as for hats, cap's, &c, 
and this may be a sort of feeler or reminder of the 
duties of members. He did not think it, however, 
desirable to pass such orders. The members of 
the City Government should be men of honor, not 
desiring pickings or stealings, and it may be 
that this was not in earnest. As an objection to 
such restrictions, it might happen that distin- 
guished characters may be present at the celebra- 
tion, and, teetotaller as he was, he might be will- 
ing to furnish to such persons the refreshments 
believed to be necessary. 

The amendment was adopted by an unanimous 
vote, and the question recurring upon the passage 
of the order as amended. Alderman Talbot stated 
that as the other branch passed the order, for 
what purpose, he knew not, they should have the 
opportunity of acting further upon it. 

The order was passed as amended. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

The Annual Report of the Overseers of the Poor 
was presented, laid on the table and ordered to be 
printed. 

The report states that no material change has 
take place during the year, in the discharge of 
their duties or in the condition of the poor, for 
whose necessities the Board is specially called upon 
to minister. There has been a small' increase in 
the number of those aid°d having a settlement in 
the city, and a decrease in the number of that 
class of persons who are withont any settlement, 
and for whose relief the State reimburses the 
city. 

The number of pensioners on the Pemberton 
fund has been increased, and as the income fiom 
the investments of the fund, as well as that of the 
Fifty Associates charity has become more liberal: 
an additional sum of ten dollars has been granted 
to the several recipients. Great care is taken in 
the distribution of these funds. The beneficiaries 
are among the most aged and worthy of the poor, 
who have seen better days, and who receive the 
money without shocking their sensitive feelings, 
which would be apt to be engendered if they: 
thought that this annual stipend was a charge on 
the City Treasury. 

The: report refers to an application made to the 
City Government, and by the Government turned 
over to the Overseers, of "The Working Women of 
Boston" for pecuniary assistance. After a. hear- 
ing the petitioners withdrew their apulication, 



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and the further question presented relating to tne 
settlement laws they regard as one of mucli inter- 
est, affecting very materially the comfort and per- 
mauent prosperity of a large class of the people- 
They believe chat changes may be made from time 
to lime, as experience justifies the necessity or as 
new wants are developed, and in accordance with 
their views, they presented two amendments to 
the Judiciary Committee of the .senate, one in le- 
gard to the military settlement, and the other in 
regard t;p women, who have no legal settlement. 
These propositions are now before that Committee. 
The Board regard as of importance the act of 
the present Legislature in relation to the State 
Workhouse at Bridgewater. It is regretted that 
the Dearborn Branch of the Boston Dispensary 
has left the Charity Building, great good being 
effected by it, the expense or the administration 
of it not justifying their remaining there in the 
present condition of its funds. Two rooms have 
been temporarily assigned to the Friendly Even- 
ings Associatiati'on as an experiment in behalf of 
girls employed in shops, as a pleasanc resort in 
their leisure hours. 

The Temporary Home is meeting the wants for 
which it was specially designed. Its utility as a 
home for a sudden emergency was manifested on 
the occasion of a late fire, when a large number of 
persons were afforded shelter and sustenance. 
During the year ending April 30, 1870, there were 
admitted to' the Home 1569 persons; of this num- 
ber 227 were Americans, 876 foreigners, and 466 
children- Number of adoptions, 13. Lost children 
restored, 118; nurses furnished situations, 27; per- 
sons found employment, 369; single meals fur- 
nished, 13,228; adults sent to Tewksbury, 43; chil- 
dren under 12 years and over one year sent to 
Tewksbury, 31; under one year sent to Tewksbury, 
21; persons sent to their friends, 149; birth, 1; 
deaths, 5. 

The new boiler house for heating has added to the 
comfort of those who occupy the premises. Tt is a 
matter of congratulation, so far as can be judged 
from calls for outdoor relief, that the poor are not 
increasing in the city in so great a degree as might 
have been expected, when the great depression of 
business is considered. With the funds at their 
dssposal they have been able to meet every legiti- 
mate claim and leave a balance in the Treasury. 
Even with an increase of expenses by the annexa- 
tion of Dorchester, a careful investigation of cases, 
affording ample relief to those entitled to it, and 
checking all manner of imposture and fraud, will 
keep this branch of public expenditures within 
reasonable fimits.without imposing a great burden 
on the tax payers. 

The receipts and expenditures of the Board for 
the year ending April 30, 1870, have been in aggre- 
gate as follows: 

Cash on hand April 30, 1869, $4116 48; draft on 
City Treasurer, $59,000; cities and towns, $7480 95; 
State, $11,106 27; with other small amounts the 
total receipts have amounted to $78 28122, and 
adding the balance, the amount was $82,697 70. 

In the expenditures, the amount paid for burials 
was $2578 74; other places for relief of Boston 
poor, $334.8 23: pensions and grants at office, $13,- 
914; coal, $8552 01 ; groceries, $12,003; cash balance 
April 30, 1870, $8072 96. 

A statement of the condition of the Trust Funds 
in the hands of the Board is given. The total 
amount of Trust Funds in the hands of the over- 
seers April 30, 1870, was $189,722 19; increase for 
the year, f 8936 63. The receipts during the year 
amounted to $82,397 70; expenditures, $74,324 74; 
cash balance April 30, 1870, $8072 96. Net cost to 
the city, $37,455 39. Seventeen hundred and seven- 
ty-one "families, containing probably 5313 persons 
were ailed during the year. 

LEASES BY THE CITY. 

A communication was received from the Audi- 
tor, with a general statement of all the leases made 
made by the city. The amounts in the several 
departments are as follows : 
Lot of land corner of Washington and 

Water streets.. $1,000 

Greenhouse, Public Garden 1,200 

Market leases 83,071 

Under direction of Committee on Public 

Buildings 34,802 

Public lands 2,850 

Total $122 > 92* 

Laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 



- Alt. U.I. Olt )1 I' ON I HE I OHHOK. 

A petition from the officers of the Lut brigade 
.M.V. SI., for the use of the paiade ground on the 
Common, May 25th, wh'eli had been presented and 
temporarily laid on the taole, was taken up. 

Alderman ( 'owdin stared in explanation that he 
found the petition on his desk, and Us object 
was the removal of the fences on the parade 
ground so that the troops might h ive room for 
parade and exercise. It is expected that besides 
the regiments of this city, there will be one or two 
country regiments present on that day, and it will 
be impossible for them to appear to any advantage 
in so limited a space as is now allowed. 

Alderman Pierce, chairman of the Committee on 
Common and Squares, said the matter opened the 
whole question of the us'- el the Common. A por- 
tion of tne farade Ground had been fenced in antl 
grassed over, leaving, as it was su iposed, a space 
sufficient for military parades. It was now diffi- 
cult to keep persons from trampling down the 
grass ulo., and it woul 1 l>e a quesciou in granting 
this petition, whether this reservation should oe 
continued, for it was evident if the fence should 
be removed, it would not be likely to be restored. 
Alderman Braman concurred in the remarks of 
Alderman Pierce, and stated as the wish of the 
people ot Ward 6, and he believed it to be that of a 
majority of the citizens of Boston, that this grass 
should not be trampled down, but that the spot 
should be maintaine I as an ornament, instead of 
being as before, a mere sand heap. 

Alderman Cowdin said it was well known that 
the Common was given for the purpose of a cow 
pasture and for a training field. The cows were 
uriven off long since by general consent, and a 
small portion.'once little less than a bog, had been 
filled up, dedicated, and fitted for a training field. 
A part of this had been fenced in, and it was ask- 
ed for the volunteer militia the privilege of exer- 
cising their commands. It was desirable to keep 
up this arm of the service, without which 
we should not have been a free people 
at this time, and this Board would not 
have been now sitting here free and independent. 
They asked only their rights, that they might go 
upon the parade ground and take away the ot>- 
structions. Bather than prevent them, he would 
willingly meet the expense of restoring the fence. 
There liad been no ordinance passed for the fenc- 
ing in of a portion of the parade ground. There 
was no place now where the evolutions of a single 
regiment could t»ke place properly, and it is ex- 
pected that there will be several present. He 
would like to see a drill which would be creditable 
to the militia. .Many people would be here from 
abroad, and he wul'd like to see a parade in char- 
acter such as he had sean when a force of 75,000 
men were ou parade. 

Several years ago he gave notice that he should 
encamp on the Common with his command for 
three days. There was a remonstrance from par- 
ties who thought it would be something improper. 
The remonstrance was respectfully received, and 
they went into camp. Early one morning a gen- 
tleman who lived in the vicinity came near the 
lines, and to his inquiry why he was out so early, 
replied that he came to'see what they were doing 
there ; for, said he, it had been the stillest night 
they had had for the whole summer. He believed 
the' militia had a right to go on this ground; he 
had no interest in the matter, except for the credit 
of the. city and State, aad hoped the request would 
be granted. 

Alderman Pierce said he did not at first under- 
stand how this subject came up, but now under- 
stood it was on petition. It was not a matter upon 
which any new light could be given by the Com- 
mittee on" Commons and Squares, and should the 
petition be referred to them, he should wish to 
have it accompanied with the instructions of the 
Board. The Committee would of course give all 
possible respect to the petitioners, but wished to 
have the wishes of the Board indicated. 

Alderman Cowdin moved that the petition be 
referred to the Committee, with full powers. 

Alderman Pierce said if the petition was re- 
ferred, the action of the Committee must be 
reported here, and it should be referred with in- 
structions. 

Alderman Gibson said he supposed a suitable 
space had been set apart for military parades, but 
if not, let it be known. He hoped the military 
gentlemen of the Board would give them the infor- 
mation whether fhe'room set a part .was hot suffi- 
cient. 



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Alderman Cowdin said it was evident there was 
not room enough for a regiment to change front, 
and there were three regiments, two batteries 
and three companies of cavalry in this city. Not 
one quarter of this force coukl exercise on this 
Held at once. 

Alderman Pratt said he was as fully impressed 
as any one that they should give encour?g°meni to 
the local militia, for their services ia suppressing 
mobs and riots. They did so in providing armories 
and drill rooms- It was a question whether the 
citizens were willing to permit this portion of the 
Common, whi'drhad been fenced in to improve its 
appearance, to be used again for a parade ground. 
In looking over the Public Garden recently, he 
believed live day would come when the Common 
will lie required to be as highly cultivated as is the 
Garden, there must be some limit to the space 
for parades, ami he believed there was room 
enough nov, provided for military evolutions.- If 
there is to be a state or brigade parade, they can 
go somewhere else where there is more room. He 
Hoped the order woult' not pass.- 

Ald^nuau Talbot said he should vote against 
the order, lor the reason that the interests of the 
citizens is greater than that of the military, live 
wants of children required that they should have a 
place tor recreation and play. He thought they 
had better not grant the request. The military 
had better forbear in this direction, for if the 
femes were taken down they will be kept down- 
Alderman Cowdin wished to stick to what was 
righ'; in the matter. The rest of th> Common was 
designed for the children, that portion which has 
up it« signs to keep off the grass. Without the 
whole parade ground, there can be no evolutions 
by the military, and if there can be no place for 
parade, they had better disbands It seemed to be 
the doctrine of this Board, as it was at the State 
House before the late rebellion, not to encourage 
the militia. For the sake of the country and the 
flag they honored, the militia should be supported. 
Suppose they should break down the grass, what 
harm will it be '.' i'he Board had no right to fence 
it up, and he hoped that on reflection the request 
would be granted. Where can the military go if 
not there'? 

Alderman Pratt said they could goto Dorches- 
ter. The Common was originally a cow pasture. 
There was room for the local miiitia in the place 
set apart for them upon the Common. 

To an inquiry of Alderman Talbot, whether the 
petition must go to the other branch, the Chair 
answered i i the affirmative. Alderman Talbot 
said that if so, the Board could not grant the re- 
quest. 

Alderman Pierce moved a reference of the peti- 
tion to the Committee on Common and Squares. 
Carried. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

AJdermau.Carpenter,.for the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
Harry Emniitt, for license to give a domestic en- 
tertainment at .Mercantile Hall; L. B. Lent, for a 
circus on Fair Grounds and at south Boston; G. F. 
Gridley, to give a dramatic ente- tainment at Mer- 
cantile Hall, May 20; David Hendricks, to exhibit 
flying horses on Madison square; Parepa Bosa 
Troupe, for concerts at Music Hall ; Hermann 
Daum, to give a concert at Mercantile Hall, May 
10; Marcellus Baker, to give a sparring exhibition 
at Webster Hall, May 19. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Carpenter also reported licenses to 
seven newsboys, one bootblack, two boys as ped- 
lers. and to several persons as victuallers, inn- 
holders, to keep billiard and bowling saloons and 
intelligence offices. Accepted. 

Reports were also made revoking the license of 
Harriet L. Kamsdell, as an inn-holder, for cause; 
also the license of Charles St. Clair to keep an in- 
telligence office at 588 Washington street. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on Steam 
Engines, reported leave to withdraw on the peti- 
tion of Matthew De Bock, for leave to put up and 
use a steam engine and boiler at No. 217 Eighth 
street. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Joseph 
White, Jr., for postponement of collection of 
sewer assessment, and of Cornelia B. Moses for 
postponement of sewer assessment at 1686 Wash- 
ington street. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported leave to withdraw on the petition of 



Thos. D. Dyer and others, for the widening of 
Board alley; no action necessary on the petition 
of Mary S.Livermor'e, and on sundry notices of 
intention to build. 

Alderman Braman, from the Committee on 
Health, reported leave to bwild a stable by Geoige 
A. Wardwell on London street. Accepted, 

Alderman Pierce, frcm the Committee on Com- 
mon, reported on petition of Mrs. Frances C. Clarke, 
that she be allowed to cut down a tree from the 
sidewalk in Mil niont street, at her own expense. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Kawes, from the Committee on the 
Fire Department, to whom was reterre.l the re- 
ports and orders in relation to the organization of 
the Fire Department in Ward 16. with instructions 
to report a plan of reorganization of the Fire De- 
partment in said ward on the basis of an annual 
appropriation of $20,000, and to whom were re- 
ferred the petition of G. H. Vincent and 185 oth- 
ers, and of E. P. Tileston and 84 ethers, for the re- 
taining of the Fire Department in said ward as 
now organized, made a report, with the following- 
statement: 

Six enginemen, at a salary of $1000 per annum, 
will amount to $6000 ; eight drivers of engine and 
hook-and-ladder carriages, at $800 each, $6400; for 
the maintenance of horses, &c, and the running 
expenses of the engines and hook-and-ladder car- 
riages, $5100; the salaries of sixty-two members 
of engine and hook-and-ladder companies, at $35 
per annum, $2170; for eight foremen, at $40 per 
annum, $320— making a total of $19,990. 

The Committee submit this report in accordance 
with the instructions of the Board, but they are 
still of the opinion that the reports and orders as 
submitted in their former report ought to pass. 

Alderman Pierce offered the following order in 
amendment of the order of the Committee : 

Ordered, That the Engine and Hook and Ladder 
Companies in the 10th Ward be reorganized upon 
the basis recommended by the Committee on Fire 
Department, and that the salaries of the officers 
and members of Engine Companies >ios. 16, 17, 18. 
19, 20 and 21, with Hook and Ladder Companies 
Nos. 6 and 7, be at the following rates, namely : 
six enginemen at the rate of $1000 each per annum, 
$6000; eight drivers of engines and hook and lad- 
der carriages at $800 per annum each, $6400: eight 
foremen at $40 per annum each, $320; sixty-two 
members at $35 per annum each, $2170, which 
with the estimated running expenses of the en- 
gines and ladder carriages in this ward by the 
committee gives the sum of $5150, or a total of 
$19,998. 

Alderman Hawes, in support of the report of the 
Committee, said the subject had been pretty thor- 
oughly investigated by them, in visiting the vari- 
ous localities of the engines and in inquiries of the 
people as to what their wishes were. They must 
have protection to their property, and it was pro- 
posed that the citizens would furnish horses in 
some cases for the engines, and that a small en- 
gine might be substituted, which could be drawn 
by hand ; yet it was believed best to disband two 
of the companies. 

Alderman Talbot wished to know if other en- 
gines were to be provided if the steam engines 
were to be disposed of; if it was the intention to 
create two new companies, it would be better to 
retain the present ones. The steam engines were 
constantly breaking and would probahly wear out 
in two years. Meantime it would be better to 
keep them and ascertain what was the best course 
to take. 

Alderman Gibson stated that the Committee 
were unanimous in their report. Many of the 
people inquired why they did not take away two 
engines, others three or four, for they did not want 
them there. The Committee wished to do justly, 
and, if they erred, to err on the part of Dorchester. 

Alderman Pierce believed he knew What the 
people wanted. There had been engines in some 
of these localities forty years, and in others twenty- 
eight years, and it was the wish of the people that 
they should be kept there. There were, no doubt, 
many persons in this section of tho city as well as 
there who think that engines can be dispensed 
with. By the Committees report, two are to be 
taken out: but by his amendment, and on their 
own showing, these two, on the basis proposed, 
can be retained at an expense of but $2900 more than 
the sum reported by the Committee. It would be 
in the interest of economy to adopt this plan. They 
did not ask any favors in the same rates of pay, but 
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Ilo believed lliat by an examination it might be 
shown that the expense of the Fire Department 
at East Boston was three rir lour lime:; that of 
gome wilier sections of the city. The average 
number- -of .times the engines were called? out in 
theeity proper was 132; at East Boston it was but 
37. calking :;'; times as much pay for the same 
work. It was not asked in th's ease that the same 
pay should bejjiven, and i* was believed that ir, 
was luit a lair and reasona de proposition. 

Alderman Oibspn stated that he was in the city 
government when the pay < f the East Boston lire- 
men was increased, and he opposed it. They had but 
three steam-engines for that section, and much 
more property to be protected. In some towns as 
farce as Dorchester there were only two steam- 
engines, and in others none. 

Alderman Howes' said the committee, time and 
time again, asked the Alderman Irom Ward 16 his 
opinion, and he told. them to do what they thought 
best, and he would take the responsibility. 

Alderman fierce replied that he did not go 
round to the committee to advise them as to their 
course. He wished them to act upon their own 
judgment, and if he could not agree to it. would 
'rely upon his statements to the Board. - The pro- 
posed plan he believed would be the true course of 
economy. 

. The substitute was adopted for the plan of the 
committee, and ao amended, the order was passed . 

The following order was also passed, as reported 
by the committee: 

Ordered, That the number of hosemen of engine 
companies Nos. 12. 13 and 14 be made to correspond 
with the number of hosemen of other companies 
in the city, as regulated by the ordinances. 

MCSEt'M OF FINE AKTS. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Public 
Lands, to whom was recommitted the report in re- 
lation to the gift of land to the Trustees of the 
Museum of Fine Aits, reported the substitute or- 
ders with amendments, in a new draft as follows: 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be, and he 
hereby is. authorized to convey by deed of quit- 
clainTto the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
a corporation established by laws of this Com- 
monwealth, the lot of land lying between St. James 
avenue and Dartmouth street, and as otherwise 
bounded and described upon a plan drawn by N. 
H. Crafts, City Engineer, and recorded m Suffolk 
Registry of Deeds, at the end of Lib. 869, it being 
the same lot of land conveyed by the Boston Wa- 
ter l'ower Company to the City of Boston by deed 
dated December 28, 1865, with the same restrictions 
as are set forth in said deed, together with the fol- 
low iug conditions, which are to be inserted in the 
deed of quitclaim : 

First— That the building or buildings to be erect- 
ed upon said lot shall, with the exception of the 
porch, steps and buttresses, be set back not lesa 
than thirty feet from each of the streets by which 
said land is bounded. 

Second — That the exterior walls of the building 
or buildings to be elected on said lot shall be of 
brick, stone or iron, and that said buildings are to 
be used and devoted to the promotion of line arts. 

Third— That a wing or section of the proposed 
building, costing not less than §100,000, shall be 
erected and ready for occupancy within three 
years from .May 1, 1870. 

Fourth— Said Museum shall be, opened to the 
public under suitable regulations, and during rea- 
sonable hours, without charge, at least four days 
of each calendar month, said day to be selected 
with proper regard to the interests of the Museum, 
and to the obvious necessity of reserving certain 
hours for the students therein. 

Fifth— That the city shall not be liable to the 
said corporation for grade damages consetpient 
upon the raising of Dartmouth street, and of' lat- 
eral streets which it may be found necessary to 
raise in connection with it for obtaining proper 
approaches to the bridge over the Boston & Al- 
bany and Boston & Providence Kailroads at that 
point; and shall have the right to build and main- 
tain proper retaining walls lor said streets, or the 
right to use such portions of the premises hereby 
conveyed as will make proper earth embankments 
to protect said streets. 

Aldeiman Covvdin said he regretted exceedingly 
that the committee did not see tit to make some 
provision for the portraits of soldiers killed in the 
recent rebellion. He understood that the proprie- 
tors of the Athenajum proposed to remove to this 
Museum some old traps which had not been 
en exhibition for rearp. There we:e many por- 



traits of officers and soldiers which were worthy 
"I a place in the Museum, a- works of art and ; - 
memorial 1 of those who had sacrificed their livts 
lor their country. 

The ord :rs as amended were passed. 

A repci t was made by the Committee on Public 
Institutions oh the petition of Rnfus Ellis in b'e- 
baif of the Child rea "e Aid -ocieiy forthe enforce- 
ment of the act of I860 ill relation to children un- 
der sixteen years of age, who l.om neglect, crime, 
• orphanage, or vice of parents, aic growing up i:: 
idleness. After a careful examination of the sub- 
ject, the Committee had come to the conclusion 
that the House of Reformation was a suitable 
place for such children, 'lluy therefore reported 
an ordinance for the f/urpese. head once and laid 
over. 

OKOE1IS DP \"'T.i'i:. 

On the proposed widening of Washington street; 
at the corner of Ball street. Hearing Mondav. May 
30, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in War- 
ren street, between Fort st avenue and .Montrose 
avenue. Hearing .Monday, May 23, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in 
Eighth street, v.est of I) stieet. Heanrg Monday 
May 23, 4 P. M. 

On the petition of the following-named parties 
for leave to build stales: Metropolitan Railroad 
Company, on Edgewoo.1 street; l.ouis Earl, Hart- 
ford and Howard streets; S II. Holbrook, Brooks 
and White streets; Francis D. Hall, Broadway ; 
Peter Stearns, Langdon stieet, near George street. 
Hearings Mon'.ay, May 23, 4 P. M. 

OBPEKS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That three members of this Board be 
appointed to visit and inspect the several prisons 
and houses of detention in this county, and to 
make the examination and report required by the 
statutes of the Commonwealth. 

The Mayor appointed Aldermen Jenkins, Gibson 
and Carpenter as the Committee. 

Ou motion of Alderman Cow din, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be and he 
is hereby authorized to discharge" the mortgage 
given to the city of Boston by Peter Hubbell and 
D. N. Shillings on a lot of land on Suffolk street, 
which mortgage is recorded with Suffolk Deeds, 
Lib. 630, Folio 159, the note for which said mortgage 
was given having been fully paid. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Lamps be and 
they are hereby authorized to contract with F. H'. 
Jenney for furnishing fluid for the street lamp;, at 
the late of one mill per hour, for the year ending 
May 15,1871. 

Ordered, That Anthony Crosby, No. 266 Hanover 
street, corner of Kichmond street; Fessenden & 
Osgood, 156 Hanover street, corner of Blackstoce 
street; J. Bent, Mo. 127 .North street, corner of 
Fleet street, and JS'. J. Bean, JNos. 23 and 25 North 
street, be required to remove forthwith the several 
awnings and curtains which project from the 
buildings occupied by them respectively and which 
obstruct the light from tne neighboring gas lamp, 
and iu default of such removal, that said several 
parties be prosecuted according to law. 

On morion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Margaret 
street, and report a schedule of the expense there- 
of to this Board, according to law. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Provi- 
dence street, and report a schedule of the expense 
thereof to to this Board, according to law. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to close Broadway between Dorchester 
avenue and A street, and Dorchester avenue, be- 
tween First and Fouith streels, against public 
travel, until the work of raising, grauing and pav- 
ing of said Broadway and Dorchester avenue shall 
have been completed-. 

Ordered, That Meridian street bridge be closed 
to public travel on Thursday next, Slay 19, and 
remain closed until the repau-s on said bridge are 
completed. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Uriah Samuels 
tht; sum of $470, in full compensation for all dam- 
ages done to his estate, .No. 189 Sixth street, by the 
raising of the grade of said street, the same to be 
charged to the appropriation lor paving. 

Oruered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade the side-vralks on Newbury street 



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to the required width of the same, and to. construct 
apl-nnk walk and lence in front oi' the vacant lots, 
at an estimated cost of $500. 

On motion of Albei man Talbot, 

Ordered, that there be paid to the several own- 
ers of -estates the riet amounts received by the 
City Treasurer and due theni for revenue derived 
from the sale of old building materials sold -by- the 
city, to be removed in consequence of widening 
and grading streets or grading estates on Fort Hill 
during the present municipal year, said payments 
to be authorized by the Committee on Laying Out 
and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Laying Out and 
Widening Streets be and they hereby are author- 
ized to sell at public auction the portions of such 
estates left after the widening of Hanover street, 
between Court and Commercial streets, as have 
been or shall be surrendered to the city, or pur- 
chased in the settlement of damages occasioned 
by the widening of said street. 

Ordered, That there be purchased in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover street, of B. F. Whittemore, his estate 
^o. 3C5 on said street, upon his giving the city a 
deed for the same satisfactory to the City Solici- 
tor, for the sum of $13,000, and that the same be 
charged to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That notice be given to Thomas W. 
Seaverns, owner, and Wm. H. Spencer, Edward H. 
Ferry and Wm. E. Underwood, lessees, and al) 
other persons interested as owners, or proprietors, 
tenants or occupants, to remove the brick 
building belonging to them on Washington 
street, Nos. 741, 743 and 745 on said street, 
and standing at the corner of Indiana place, 
projecting over the line of widening of said 
Washington street, as established by a resolve of 
April 22, 1870, back to the said line of widening, on 
or before the 30th June now next ensuing; and 
that in default thereof the city of Boston will so 
remove the same, pursuant to' the provisions of 
section 3 of chapter 367 of the acts of the year 
1809. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Carruth & Sweet- 
ser $1000 for all damages occasioned their estate 
Is'o. 129 Purchase street, by the widening and grad- 
ing of that street, by a resolve of July 23, 1869, 
to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of 
Thomas Austin $7500 for land taken, old materials 
and all damages occasioned by the widening and 
grading oi' Purchase street, by a resolve of July 
23, 18S9, to be charged to the 'Fort Hill Improve- 
ment Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Paving be re- 
quested to consider the expediency of removing 
the present sidewalk on the westerly side of Tre- 
rnont street, between Park street and Boylston 
streat, and of constructing a suitable brick or con 
crete walk on the westerly side of the fence which 
separates the Common from the street. 

Alderman Carpenter, in explanation of the or- 
der, stated that The Committee on Paving had 
given much attention to this subject, and they de- 
sired to get the judgment of public opinion in re- 
lation to it. The order only contemplated an in- 
quiry into the expediency of the measure. 

Orders were passed for the abatement of nui- 
sances in certair streets specified, and for the col- 
lection of assessments for the abatement of nui- 
sances. 

Alderman Connor said he found on his desk a 
list of persons wno had left the city prior to the 
first of May, as called for from the Assessors, and 
he moved that the communication be laid on the 
table. There were some names on the list, to his 
knowledge, of persons who designed some time 
ago to remove their residences from this city, and 
he would not do anything to cast a slur on the 
names of good citizens, as he believed them to be. 

Alderman Cowdin said he should be the last per- 
son to cast a slur on the good name of any citizen. 
There were persons who left the citv to escape tax- 
ation, and it was this class whom he wished to 
bring before the commumty. several gentlemen 
had thanked him for offering the order 

The motion to lay the subject on the table was 
carried. 

THli BURRILL CLAIM. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, the report of the 
Committee on the Burrill Claim, was taken from 
the table, and considered. 

Alderman Talbot said he reserved his judgment 



in the submission of the report, and was opposed 
to referring the subject. Aw a substitute, be 
offered an order to pay Mi. Burrill $25,000, the 
amount to be paid out of the Reserved KdntV.- 
. Alderman Cowdin said the goad ria > me"o"f the-city 
had Deen tarriished by iaHihg to fulfil its Contract 
with' Mr. Buriill. At the time this contract was 
made, he was himself engaged in recruiting," and 
was authorized to offer .»lz5 per man.' This con- 
tract was made with the Mayor and Aldeimen in 
giod faith, and if Mr. Bm rill had obtained 500 or 
1000 men, the amount for each would have been 
paid. They did not anticipate he would obtain so 
many credits to the quota, and on that account re- 
lused to pay the bill. Mi'. Burrill states that he 
has paid out S100,000, and more than that sum has 
been ottered to Mr. Buitill in settlement of the 
claim, which was an admission of its justice. 

Alderman Jacobs said there were six of the 
eight of the Committee who were in favor of sub- 
nutting the claim to referees. It was not possible 
for the Committee to agree on the amount which 
should be paid to Mr. Burrill. He wished to see 
the matter settled, but did not think that $25,000 
was a fair sum. Mayor Lincoln and Mr. Norcross 
at one time offered Mr. Burrill $125,000 in settle- 
ment of his claim. He moved, therefore, to amend 
by making the amount $125,000. 

Alderman Connor objected to the sum of .$125,000 
as too large, while he believed $25,000 was too 
small. He wished to have the matter settled, and 
as soon as possible, to prevent the constant button- 
holing of members on the subject. 

Alderman Talbot thought the question might be 
settled now whether to adjudicate any further on 
the subject. The sum might be left blank, and the 
sense of the Board taken whether to agree upon a 
settlement or refer it. The labor ot Mr. Burrill 
was almost all clerical work, done mainly at the 
Navy Yard, and it could easily be det'ei mined 
about how much compensation should be alloweo. 
Alderman Pierce wished to have tht^ matter 
settled for the credit of ihe city. If the Board 
could not settle upon the sum "to be allowed, it 
should be referred to disinterestel persons. As it 
stands and has stood, the city has admitted in its 
action that it owes Mr. Burrill, but because they 
cannot agree, they say to him they will not pay 
him. 

Alderman Gibson did not believe that Mr. Bur- 
rill had paid $100,000 to secure these credits. 
There was no evidence that he had paid one quar- 
ter or one tenth of that amount, and he would not 
take his word for it and could take nothing short 
of the evidence to show what he had paid. Mr. 
Burrill had gone to the Supreme Court, and 
his claim was disallowed. When men go to the 
courts and get whipped, they do not generally ask 
for the sympathy of the public. By allowing the 
claim under such circumstance, would be opening 
the door to endless litigation. 

Alderman Pratt said it would appear by the 
staterrent of the Alderman on his left that we 
owed Mr. Burrill. He aid not admit that the city 
owed him. 

Alderman Pierce replied that Mayor Lincoln 
admitted it, and the majority of the Committee of 
Inst year admitted it, but their difficulty was that 
they could not agree upon the amount they owed 
him. 

Alderman Gibson stated that so far as related to 
the otter made by the Mayor at the time, it was 
made at night and withdrawn in the morning. 

Alderman Pierce said he placed great confidence 
in Mr. N'orcross, for his shrewdness and prudence, 
and to say that he was deceived by Mr. Burrill, 
was an imputation upon his ability. The fact that 
they told him that he could have his choice in the 
judiciary, by reference, or in the acceptance of 
$125,000, showed that they believed he had a good 
claim against the city. It was evidently not with- 
out due deliberation that thev made him'the oner of 
$125,000 

Alderman Pratt said they simply made a mis- 
take, and Mr. Burrill made a mistake. He went to 
law in the matter and found that he had no claim 
against the city. It was his business to find out 
that he had a claim. It was not just to pay him 
so large an amount of money. If he bad spent so 
much as was stated, it must have been in buying 
up members of Congress. If it had been a just or 
honest claim, the Supreme Court would have 
given it to him. 

Alderman Pierce said it was no excuse for us if 
the Court did not allow the claim. It was a con- 



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He iichfvt'ii that by an examination it might be 
shown that the expense of the I'ire Department 
at East Boston was three or lour times that of 
some other sections of the city. The average 
number -of. times the engines were '. ailed out in 
tbeeity proper was i.;2; at Bast Boston it was but 
37, making :;'; times as much pay .for the same 
work. 14 was not asked in th's case that the same 
pay should be given, and i f was believed that it 
was but a lair and reasons tie proposition. 

Alderman Gibson stated that he was in the city 
government when the pay < f the East Boston fire- 
men was increased, and he opposed it. They had but 
three steam-engines for that section, and much 
more property to be protected. In some towns as 
large as Dorchester there were only two steam- 
engines, and in others none. 

Alderman il awes said the committee, time and 
time again, asked the Alderman Irom Ward Hi his 
opinion, and he told them to do what they thought 
.best, and he would take the responsibility. 

Alderman Pierce replied that he did not go 
round to the committee to advise them as to their 
course, lie wished them to act upon their own 
judgment, and if he could not agree to it. would 
rely upon his statements to the Board. , The pro- 
posed plan he believed would be the true course of 
economy. 

. The substitute was adopted for the plan of the 
committee, and as amended, the order was passed. 

The following order was also passed, as reported 
by the committee: 

Ordered, That the number of hosemen of engine 
companies Mos. 12. 13 and 14 be made to correspond 
with the number of hosemen of other companies 
in the city, as regulated by the ordinances. 

MUSECH OF FINE -VETS. 

Alderman Tope, from the Committee on Public 
Lands, to whom was recommitted the report in re- 
lation to the gift of land to the Trustees of the 
Museum of Fine Aits, reported the substitute or- 
ders with amendments, in a new draft as follows: 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be, and he 
hereby is. authorized to convey by deed of quit- 
claim to the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
a corporation established by laws of this Com- 
monwealth, the lot of land lying between St. James 
avenue and Dartmouth street, and as otherwise 
bounded and described upon a plan drawn by N. 
H. Crafts, City Engineer, and recorded in Suffolk 
Registry of Deeds, at the end of Lib. 869, it being 
the same lot of land conveyed by the Boston Wa- 
ter Power Company to the City of Boston by deed 
dated December 28, 1805, with t'he same restrictions 
as are set forth in said deed, together with the fol- 
lowing conditions, which are to be inserted in the 
deed of quitclaim : 

First— That the building or buildings to be erect- 
ed upon said lot shall, with the exception of the 
porch, steps' and buttresses, be set back not less 
than thirty feet from each of the streets by which 
said land is bounded. 

Second — That the exterior walls of the building 
or buildings to be erected on said lot shall be of 
brick, stone or iron, and that said buddings are to 
be used and devoted to the promotion of fine arts. 

Third — That a wing or section of the proposed 
building, costing not less than §100,000, Khali be 
erected and ready for occupant y within three 
years from .May 1, 1870. 

Fourth— Said Museum shall be, opened to the 
public under suitable regulations, and during rea- 
sonable hours, without charge, at least four days 
of each calendar month, said day to he selected 
with proper regard to the interests of the M useum, 
and to the obvious necessity of reserving certain 
hours for the students therein. 

Fifth— That the city shall not be liable to the 
said corporation for grade damages consequent 
upon the raising of Dartmouth street, and of' lat- 
eral stieets which it may be found necessary to 
raise in connection with it for obtaining proper 
approaches to the bridge over the Boston & Al- 
bany and Boston & Providence Railroads ait that 
point; and shall have the right to build and main- 
tain proper retaining walls lor said streets, or the 
right to use such portions of the premises hereby 
conveyed as will make proper earth embankments 
to protect said streets. 

Aldeiman Cowdin said he regretted exceedingly 
i hat the committee did not see tit to make some 
provision for the portraits of soldiers killed in the 
recent rebellion. He understood that the proprie- 
tors of the Atbenamm proposed to remove to this 
Museum some old traps which had not been 
en exhibition for rears. There we:e many por- 



traits of officers and soldiers which were worthy 
• ■I a place \n the Mu-'-um. as works of art an 
memorial of those who had sacrificed thei r li\< • 
lor their country. 

The ord >rs as amended we. • 

A report was made by the Committee on Public 
in ticutions on the petition of Bufus Ellis in be- 
lnitf of the Children's Aid Society fortbe enforce- 
ment of the act of 1806 in relation to children un- 
der sixteen years of age, who from neglect, crime, 
•orphanage, or vice of parents, aie growing up in 
idleness. After a careful examination oi tie 
f .lect, the Committee had come to the cone-' 
that the House of Reformation was a guitulile 
place for such children. 'Jhey therefore reported 
an ordinance for the | urpese' l-.ead once and laid 
over. 

f,t:i)i:i:s :),-• NOTICE. 

On the propdaed widening of Washington street) 
at the comer of Ball etreet. Hearir.g Monday. May 
30, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in War- 
ren street, between Fori n'c avenue and Montrose 
avenue. Hearing Monday. May 23, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in 
Eighth street, west cf D street. Hearing Mondav 
May 23, 4 l*. M. 

On the petition of the following-named parties 
for leave to build stables : Metropolitan Railroad 
Company, on Edgewood street; bonis Earl, Hart- 
ford and Howard streets; S II. Holbrook, Brooks 
and White streets; Francis D. H all, Broadway; 
Refer Stearns, Langdon stieet, neai George street. 
Heariugs M one ay, .May 23, 4 P. M. 

ORDEliS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That three members of this Board be 
appointed to visit and inspect the several pi i>< ns 
and houses of detention in this county, and to 
make the examination and report required by the 
statutes of the Commonwealth. 

The Mayor appointed Aldermen Jenkins, Gil son 
and Carpenter as the Committee. 

Ou motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Jlayor be and he 
is hereby authorized to discharge* the mortgage 
given to the eit_\ of Boston by Peter Hubbcll and 
D. K. Shillings on a lot of land on Suffolk street, 
which mortgage is recorded with Suffolk Deeds, 
Lib. 630, Folio 159, the note for which said mortgage 
was given having been fully paid. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Lamps he and 
they are hereby authorized to contract with F. H. 
Jenney for furnishing fluid for the street lampj, at 
the late of one mill per hour, for the year ending 
May 15, 1871. 

Ordered, That Anthony Crosbv, >"o. 266 Hanover 
street, corner of Kichraood street; Fessenden & 
Osgood, 156 Hanover street, corner of Blackstone 
street; J. Bent, No. ]27 North street, corner of 
Fleet street, and A'. J. Bean. Nos. 23 and 25 North 
street, be required to remove forthwith the several 
awnings and curtains which project from the 
buildings occupied by them respectively and which 
obstruct the light from tiie neighboring gas larnp, 
and in default of such removal,' that said several 
parties be prosecuted according to law. 

On morion of Alderman Rope, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers he 
directed to construct a common sewer in Margaret 
street, and report a schedule of the expense there- 
of to this Board, according to law. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Sewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Provi- 
dence street, and report a schedule of the expense 
thereof to to this Board, according to law. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to close Broadway between Dorchester 
avenue and A street, and Dorchester avenue, be- 
tween First and Fourth streeis, against public 
travel, until the work of raising, grauing and pav- 
ing of said Broadway and Dorchester avenue shall 
have been completed: 

Ordered, That Meridian street bridge be closed 
to public travel on Thursday next, May 19, and 
remain closed until the repau-s on said bridge are 
completed. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Uriah Samuels 
the sum of £470, in full compensation for all dam- 
ages done to his estate, No. 189 Sixth street, by the 
raising of the grade of said street, the same to be 
charged to the appropriation for paving. 

Gruered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to grade the sidewalks on Newburv ptieet 



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to the required width of the same, and to. construct 
a' plwnk walk and lence m front oi' the vacant lots, 
at an estimated cost of $600. 

On motion of Albeinian Talbot, 

Ordered, that there be paid to the several own- 
ers of estates the net amounts received by the 
City Treasurer and due them for revenue derived 
from the sale of old building materials sold -by- the 
city, to be removed in consequence of widening 
and grading streets or grading estates on Fort Hid 
during the present municipal yenr, said payments 
to be authorized by the Committee on Laying Out 
and Widening Streets- 
Ordered, That the Committee on Laying Out and 
Widening Streets be and they hereby are author- 
ized to sell at public auction the portions of such 
estates left after the widening of Hanover street, 
between Court and Commercial streets, as have 
been or shall be surrendered to the city, or pur- 
chased in the settlement of damages occasioned 
by the widening of said street. 

Ordered, That there be purchased in the settle- 
ment of damages occasioned by the widening of 
Hanover street, of B. F. Whittemore, his estate 
A o. SC5 on said street, upon his giving the city a 
deed lor the same satisfactory to the City Solici- 
tor, for the sum of $13,000, and that the same be 
charged to the Second Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That notice be given to Thomas W- 
Seaverns, owner, and Wm. H. Spencer, Edward H. 
Ferry and Wm. E. Underwood, lessees, and all 
other persons interested as owners, or proprietors, 
tenants or occupants, to remove the brick 
building belonging to them on Washington 
street, Nos. 741, 743 and 745 on said street, 
and standing at the corner of Indiana place, 
projecting over the line of widening of said 
Washington street, as established by a resolve of 
April 22, 1870, back to the said line of widening, on 
or before the 30th June now next ensuing; and 
that in default thereof the city of Boston will so 
remove the same, pursuant to the provisions of 
section 3 of chapter 367 of the acts of the year 
18C9. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Carruth & Sweet- 
ser $1000 for all damages occasioned their estate 
Is'o. 129 Furchase street, by the widening and grad- 
ing of that street, by a resolve of July 23, 1869, 
to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of 
Thomas Austin $7500 for land taken, old materials 
and all damages occasioned by the widening and 
grading oi' Furchase street, by a resolve of July 
23, 18S9, to be charged to the "Fort Hill Impiove- 
ment Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Faving be re- 
quested to consider the expediency of removing 
the present sidewalk on the westerly side of Tre- 
mout street, between Fark street and Boylston 
streat, and of constructing a suitable brick or con 
crete walk on the westerly side of the fence which 
separates the Common from the street. 

Alderman Carpenter, in explanation of the or- 
der, stated that The Committee on Paving had 
given much attention to this subject, and they de- 
sired to get the judgment of public opinion in re- 
lation to it. The order only contemplated an in- 
quiry into the expediency of the measure. 

Orders were passed for the abatement of nui- 
sances in certair streets specified, and for the col- 
lection of assessments for the abatement of nui- 
sances. 

Alderman Connor said he found on his desk a 
list of persons who had left the city prior to the 
first of May, as called for from the Assessors, and 
he moved that the communication be laid on the 
table. There were some names on the list, to his 
knowledge, of persons who designed some time 
ago to remove their residences from this city, and 
he would not do anything to cast a slur on the 
names of good citizens, as he believed them to be. 

Alderman Cowdm said he should be the last per- 
son to cast a slur on the good name of any citizen. 
There were persons who left the citvto escape tax- 
ation, and it was this class whom he wished to 
bring before the community, several gentlemen 
had thanked bim for offering the order 

The motion to lay the subject on the table was 
carried. 

TH1£ BURRILL CLAIM. 

On motion of Aide) man Talbot, the report of the 
Committee on the Burrill Claim, was taken from 
the table, and considered. 

Alderman Talbot said he reserved his judgment 



in the submission (if the report, and was opposed 

to referring the subject. As a substitute, he 
offere I an order to pay Mi. Burrill $25,000, the 
amount to be paid ouc of the Keserved Fund.- 

. Alderman Cowdin said the goad riarme"ot : the city 
had lieen tarnished' by railing to fulfil its Contract 
with' Mr. Burrill. At the time this contract was 
made, he was himself engaged in recruiting," and 
was authorized to offer »1^5 per- man.' This con- 
tract was made with the Mayor and Aldeimen in 
giod faith, and if Mr. Burrill had obtained 500 or 
j.000 men, the amount for each would have been 
paid. Ihey did not anticipate be would obtain so 
many credits to the quota, and on that account re- 
lused to pay the bill. Mr. Burrill states that he 
has paid our. sl00,000, and more than that sum has 
been offered to Mr. Burrill in settlement of the 
claim, which was an admission of its justice. 

Alderman Jacobs said there were six oi' the 
eight of the Committee who were in favor of sub- 
mitting the claim to rei'eree«. It was not possible 
for the Committee to agree on the amount which 
should be paid to Mr. Burrill. He wished to see 
the matter settled, but did not think that $25,000 
was a fair sum. Mayor Lincoln and Mr. N'orcross 
at one time offered "Mr. Burrill $125,000 in settle- 
ment of his claim. He moved, therefore, to amend 
by making the amount $125,000. 

Alderman Connor objected to the sum of $125,000 
as too large, while he believed $25,000 was too 
small. He wished to have the matter settled, and 
as soon as possible, to prevent the constant button- 
holing of members on the subject. 

Alderman Talbot thought the question might be 
settled now whether to adjudicate any further on 
the subject. The sum might be left blank, and the 
sense of the Board taken whether to agree upon a 
settlement or refer it. The labor ol Mr. Burrill 
was almost all clerical work, done mainly at the 
Navy Yard, and it could easily be det'eimined 
about how much compensation should be allowed. 

Alderman Fierce wished to have th;- matter 
settled for the credit of the city. If the Board 
could not settle upon ihe sum to be allowed, it 
should be referred to dismtereste 1 persons. As it 
stands and has stood, the city has admitted in its 
action that it owes Mr. Burrill, but because they 
cannot agree, they say to him they will not pay 
him. 

Alderman Gibson did not believe that Mr. Bur- 
rill had paid $100,000 to secure these credits. 
There was no evidence that he had paid one quar- 
ter or one tenth of that amount, and he would not 
take his word for it and could take nothing short 
of the evidence to show what he had paid. Mr. 
Burnll had gone to the Supreme Court, and 
his claim was disallowed. When men go to the 
courts and get whipped, they do not generally ask 
for the sympathy of the public. By allowing the 
claim under sucli circumstance, w r ould be opening 
the door to endless litigation. 

Alderman Fratt said it would appear by the 
statement of the Alderman on his left that we 
owed Mr. Burrill. He aid not admit that the city 
owed him. 

Alderman Fierce replied that Mayor Lincoln 
admitted it, and the majority of the Committee of 
last year admitted it, but their difficulty was that 
they could not agree upon the amount they owed 
him. 

Alderman Gibson stated that so far as related to 
the offer made by the Mayor at the time, it was 
made at night and withdrawn in the morning. 

Alderman I'ierce said he placed great confidence 
in Mr. Js'orcross, for his shrewdness and prudence, 
and to say that he was deceived by Mr. Burrill, 
was an imputation upon his ability. The fact that 
they told him that he could have his choice in the 
judiciary, by reference, or in the acceptance of 
$125,000,* showed that they believed he had a good 
claim against the city. It was evidently not with- 
out due deliberation that thev made him the oner of 
$125,000 

Alderman Fratt said they simply made a mis- 
take, and Mr. Burrill made a mistake. He went to 
law in the matter and found that he had no claim 
against the city. It was his business to find out 
that he had a claim. It was not just to pay him 
so large an amount of money. If he had spent so 
much as was stated, it must have been in buying 
up members of Congress. If it had been a just or 
honest claim, the Supreme Court would have 
given it to him. 

Alderman Fierce said it was no excuse for U3 if 
the Court did not allow the claim. It was a con- 



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tract between Mr. Bun-ill and the city, and it 
Hbould be paid. 

Alderman Jacobs said be had no doubt an award 
by referees would satisfy Mr. Burrlll. The city 
should not take advantage of such a ground as a 
disallowance by the Court. An individual would 
not. 

AM«>rman Connor mM he had so much confl- 



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dence in the honor of the Board, and of the dispo 
sition of the members to do justice in the matter, 
that he was opposed to a reference. Kespect for 
the petitioners who had asked for a reference 
should be a reason for a settlement at once. 

The question wag stated to be on postponeuipnt 
for one week, and thp motion was ^arriod. 

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Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MAY 19, 1870. 



The regular weeklv meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 8 o'clock, M. E. 
Ingalls, the 1'resident, in the i, hair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petition of officers of 1st brigade, M. V. M., 
for the removal of the fence on rhe parade ground 
on the Common was referred to the Committee on 
Common, in concurrence. 

The order appointing William McChesley of 
South Boston, and J. S. Underwood of East Bos- 
ton as field drivers and pound keepers was passed 
in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order to sell the lot of land purchased by the 
City on Bowker street, in settlement of damages 
for the widening of said street, the proceeds of 
said sale to be paid into the city treasury. 

Order to sell by public auction the portions of 
certain estates left after the widening of Hanover 
srteet, between Court and Commercial streets, in 
se'.tlement of damages for the widening of said 
Hanover street. 

Order authorizing the purchase of the estate of 
B. F. Whittemore in settlement of damages for 
the widening Hanover street, at thirteen thousand 
dollars. 

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. 

The order to convey to Trustees of Museum of 
Fine Arts a lot of land on St. James avenue and 
Dartmouth street, on certain conditions, was con- 
sidered. 

Mr. Williams of W T ard 13 made some inquiries as 
to the extent of the lot of land. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8, of the Committee, after 
replying to the inquiry, stated that the Committee 
had held several meetings for the consideration of 
the subject, and were agreed that the order should 
pass. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 hoped the order would not 
pass, for it was too valuable a lot of land to be 
given away. How much the public would be ben- 
efited by the proposed museum would be seen by 
the provision to allow the building to be open free 
of charge four days only in each month. An 
effort had been made to obtain a portion of the 
proposed building for a Soldiers' Memorial Hall, 
but all of such propositions had been voted down. 
For his part he would prefer to have the ground 
unoccupied, as a public square. 

Mr. KicL of Ward 9 stated that this lot of ground 
was given to the city for special purposes, and it 
was proposed to make it as a gift for carrying out 
these purposes. To lay it out as a Common would 
be too expensive, and gentlemen interested in the 
matter propose to put up a building which will be 
an ornament to the city and free of all expense in 
the care of it. It should be looked at as a measure 
of economy. It would not only be an honor to 
the city, but its location would be a means of in- 
creasing the value ox property in the vicinity, and 
advance the interests of tax-paying property. As 
an encouragement in the matter, it is proposed to 
adorn the building with the finest paintings and 
other works of art. He hoped therefore that the 
order would pass. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 thought there should not be 
a doubt in the mind of any member of the Coun- 
cil as to how to vote. The lot of land was too 
small for a common, and too near the Common 
and Public Garden to be of any benefit for such a 
purpose. It was proposed to devote it to tne very 
purpose for which the land was donated to the 
city, and to no better use could it be put. 

Mr. Squires stated that the gift is coupled with 
the conditions that a wing of the building, ready 
for use in three years, should be erected, at a cost 
of $100,000. 

Mr. Wells of Ward 3 said he was opposed to giv- 
ing these lauds to rich persons. If a corporation 
for charitable purposes or a church wants laud, 
they apply to the city and get land at from one- 
half to two-thirds what it is worth. If this cor- 
poration of rich men are not willing to pay one- 
half the price of the land, It is not worth putting 
a building upon. 



Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to amend the order 
by providing that the building shall be Open to the 
public two uays In a week. 

The Chair stated that it could be acted upon only 
under suspension of the rules, and the rules were 
suspended for the purpose. 

.Mr. Poor of Ward 11 believed there was a great 
misunderstanding in tin- matter. The orders had 
been fully considered in the Conunttee, and it was 
the expectation that the building would be open to 
the public three or lour days in a week. The Com- 
mittee did not wish if) tie tin in up, but to leave the 
Trustees free to act. It was not a close corpora- 
tion nor a money-inaking scheme. The land was 
deeded for the purpose to which it is proposed to 
put ic, and in live veals there will be a property 
there worth s530,ono. it was not mere liberalitv in 
making the gift, but a duty in doing so. 

Mr. Bishop of Ward 7 said he diil not know much 
about the matter, but it appeared by the order 
that the admission of the public to the building 
would depend upon the necessity of reserving cer- 
tain hours for the students. The matter was 
well worth looking into. It was a close corpora- 
tion, composed of wealthy individuals, who pro- 
pose to put up a building on it. If we were wealthy 
we could afford to take land from the city in this 
way and put up buildings. It was objection- 
able and without consideration, and he moved to 
lay it on the table. Lost. 

Mr. Wells said some gentlemen who claimed to 
know, did not understand this subject. He would 
ask them if they could point to a lot of land which 
the city of Boston had ever had given to it. Un- 
der the agreement between the Commonwealth, 
the City of Boston and the Boston Water Power 
Company, a sewer was to be built through the 
Back Bay lands. This land was given in pav for 
the sewer, in lieu of it. He did not believe" the 
city ought to give away ■«100,000 to any individu- 
als, 'lhe city never did so, but sometimes sold land 
to charitable institutions at about half the value. A 
lot was sold to an institution opposite the Church 
of the Immaculate Conception at 62>< cents per 
foot. A lot of land would be wanted in the vicin- 
ity of the lot for the proposed Museum for a school- 
house, ami the Council should iook well oefore it 
acts. 

Mr. Hall stated that he was not on the Committee 
on Public Lands, anddidnot know how much discus- 
sion there had been on the subject. He would ask 
the gentleman if the city did not sell the lands re- 
ferred to by him at less than the market prices. 
The city had often sold such lands for like pur- 
poses, and in this case, the land could not be sold, 
but must be used for the purposes proposed. 

Mr. Wells said the gentleman was with him on 
the same committee when the land referred to was 
sold. The committee fixed the value at $1, and it 
was voted to sell it at fifty cents to the institution ; 
it went to the Board of Aldermen, where it was 
passed and vetoed, and it was finally sold at t>2>£ 
cents per foot. These gentlemen 'are able, and 
why should they not pay one-half the value of the 
land. He would vote for a reduction of price to 
anything that is charitable, but he would not vote 
for an object in which it was for the interest not 
to pay taxes. 

Mr. Kyan of Ward 13 said the gentlemen had got a 
wrong idea of this matter. The lot i f land cannot 
be sold; it is held in trust for a particular pur- 
pose, and it was always intended when the gift 
was made to the city, that it should be used for the 
purpose designed, it had been fully considered in 
committee, and the question merely was, shall we 
stop an enterprise of this character, and convert 
this land into a park? 

Mr. Rich of Ward U denied that this was to be 
regarded as for the benefit of the wealthy alone, 
but was for the benefit of the poorest persons of 
Boston. It was calculated to benefit all classes of 
the community, as was the Museum of Natural 
Historv. It .vould be a public benefit to the whole 
community, in improving the taste, and in giving 
an opportunity to see the choicest works of art. 

Mr. Williams of Ward 13, did not quite clearly 
understand the matter, and did not think the Com- 
mittee could explain it satisfactorily. He would 
recommit with instructions, so that the Committee 
may state the matter clearly. 

Mr. Wells quoted some remarks of a member of 
the Legislature about the Schwabe collection of 
portraits, and he hoped that this was not to be an 
entering wedge to pav him $1500 for the care of 
those portraits. He did not think it right to give 
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fenced off against the military today, and he hoped 
the Council would not sanction it. 

Mr. Smith said he was opposed to making a gift 
of this land at all. He thought the lot of land 
would be much better to be kept forever open. If 
we were to be so generous as to give the lot of 
land, they ought at least to make further restric- 
tions. 0_n.ce in possession of the laud, they would 
snap their ringers and perhaps not allow the city 
any rights in relation to its use. He moved tb 
substitute two days in a week for four days in a 
month. 

The previous question was ordered, and the yeas 
and nays on the order. 

Mr. Poor proposed to read something relating to 
the subject, to which objection was made. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11 moved to lay the subject, 
on the table. Lost, 19 to 29. 

The amendment of Mr. Smith was lost, 21 to 24, 
when the order was passed by a vote ©f 44 to 12, as 
follows: 

Yeas— Barnard, Bicknell, Bond, Bradt, Brooks, 
Brown, Burt. Devine, Emerson, Flanders, Frost, 
Gay, Giblin,Gray, Hall, Hull, Kingsbury, Learnard, 
Meads, Morse, Moulton, Niles, O Brieu, O'Connor, 
Parker, Patch, Perkins, Pond, Poor, Pope, Hich, 
Roberts, Howe, Hyan, Sayward. Squires. Talbot, 
Temple, Tucker, Vannevar, Wilkins, Williams, 
Woods, Woolley. 

Nays— Barnes", Bishop, Bonner, Doherty, Dolan, 
Donnelly. Noves, Bobbins, Rogers, Smith, Taylor, 
Wells. 

The resolve and order for the widening of Boyls- 
ton street, between Washington and Trem'ont. 
streets, and authorizing a loan of one hundred and 
fifteen thousand dollars therefor, and for grading 
and paving said street, (City Doc. No. 45, 1870,) was 
read once, when, on motion of Mr. Learnavd of 
Ward ll.it. was referred to the Committee on 
Streets of the Common Council. 

The amendment to order concerning the print- 
ing of the report of the Trustees of the City Hospi- 
tal, with the order, was referred to the Committee 
on City Hospital. 

FOURTH" OF JULY EXPENDITURES. 

The order passed at the last meeting, concerning, 
the celebration of the Fourth ot July, as amended 
by the Board of Aldermen, was considered. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved an amendment in 
the same terms as adopted by the Board of Alder- 
men, providing that no expenditures for dinners, 
refreshments or beverages shall be allowed to anv 
Committee or member of the City Government. 

.Air. Noyes oi Ward 5 moved an indefinite post- 
ponement of the order; on which the yeas and 
nays were ordered. 

Mr. Williams of Wart I 13 raised a point of order 
whether the amendment could be entertained. 

The Chair stated that the amendment was in or- 
der. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 raised the question 
whether the order referring to the 4th July entire- 
ly, an amendment not relating to that celebration 
could be entertained. 

Tho Chaii stated that the amendment was ger- 
mane to the subject. 

Mr. Smith said he did not think much of tho 
original order, but thought the amendment of the 
Board of Aldermen was a piece of cheap bunkum. 
He though;, that the Fourth of July Committee, of 
all others, which has much to do. should spend a 
little money for dinners, for it was an object for 
such a committee to spend all it can for show. 
Should the committee be in session up to the hour 
of dinner, the members of the Council would be 
obliged to leave, while the Aldermen on the com- 
mittee would step over to Parker's and get all they 
wanted, at the expense of the city. He had no in- 
terest in the matter, not being on the committee, 
and could stand it as long as any Alderman. There 
should be some rule of economy t j apply to both 
branches. 

The question was taken on the motion to in- 
definitely postpone, and it was carried, by a-vote 
of 29 to 21., as follows: 

Yeas— Barnard, Barnes. Bicknell, Bond, Bradt, 




Pope, Rich, Roberts, Rogers, Smith, Squires, Tav- 
lor, Temple, Williams, Wooltey. 



DORCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

The report of the Committee on the Fire Depart- 
ment in relation to the organization of said de- 
partment in Ward 16, on a basis of annual appro- 
priation of twenty thousand dollars, and in favor 
of the orders in their former reports, was accepted 
in concurrence. 

The order to organize the fire department in 
Ward 1G, on the basis of appropriation reported on 
by the committee on said" department, and fixing 
the rates of the salaries of the officers and men. was 
read once. 

Mr, Tucker of Ward 6, in answer to an inquiry, 
stated that the report, as adopted, was the sense 
of the- Committee on the Fire Department, after a 
full examination of the subject. 

Mr. Wells stated that it was the sense of the 
committee to retain four of *he engines as suffi- 
cient for that section of the city. Tne chairman 
of the committee told him he never was so sur- 
prised as on the passage of the substituted order, 
which had been rend once. 

Mr. Tucker said he would move to substitute the 
orders of the committee if he could do so. 

The chair stated that it could not be offered ex- 
cept under suspension of the rules. 

Cnder a suspension of the rules to consider the 
question at once, Mr. Tucker moved to substitute 
the original order. 

The original order could not te found, and the 
subject was laid on the table. 

The order that the number of hosemen of En- 
gines 12, 13, and 14 be made to correspond with the 
number of hosemen attached to other engines was 
laid on the table. 

The order relating to the Dorchester Eire Depart- 
ment was subsequently taken up and further con- 
sidered. 

Mr. Tucker moved to substitute for the order un- 
der consideration, the original orders, which pro- 
vide for disbandin'g Engine Companies No. 17 and 
19, and that Nos. 16, 18, 20 and 21," be so changed as 
to consist of two- permanent men to be attached to 
each company as engineer and driver, and eight 
hosemen; and that Hook and Ladder Companies 
No. 6 and 7 be so changed as to consist of nine 
men each, one to be permanently driver of each 
carriage and one as fireman ; also "the order fixing 
the salaries of these firemen. 

Mr. Temple of Ward 16 expressed a desire to 
have this matter settled, and gave a brief state- 
ment of facts relating to the Dorchester Fire De- 
partment before annex ition, and the reasons why 
it happened to be in its present ccudition. Th'e 
peculiar condition of the territory of that town of 
eight villages, made it necessary to have school- 
houses in each of these villages, and the means of 
protection in each against hie. That the people 
believed the engines which they had were neces- 
sary was shown in replacing them several times, 
and when just before annexation was accomplished 
it was determined to have new engines and houses, 
on the advice of tne Fire Department of this city, 
engines to be run by horses were substituted for 
three hand engines, and the houses were enlarged 
to correspond with those of other portions of the 
city. 

in regard to the labor performed by thes 
engines, he found that they averaged nearly as 
many times out as did those of East. Boston, and 
in a comparison of expense, should the same ratio 
be allowed, it would give instead of $20,000, as 
proposed by the order, »24,000 in the proportion of 
the Koxbury Wards, .934,000 of South Boston, and 
$53,000 of East Boston. Yet there was not a man 
in Dorchester who : sked for the same pay for 
ihese firemen. He took issue with the Committee 
as to what the people wished and what they 
said. He doubted whether they could have seen 
much in their brief visit to so large a territory. 
There had been no consultation -with the members 
from that Ward, and they could not well know 
what the wants of the territory required. 

3Ir. Wells of Ward 3 advocated the passage of 
the order of the Committee, deferring to the re- 
monstrance of E. P. Tileston and others he said, 
the namjs were in the same hand-writing. He 
claimed to know something about Dorchester, and 
srated that the Committee were assured that ore 
of the engines did most of its duty in .Milton. The 
design or" the Committee was to divide WaTd 16 
into lour divisions, taking out two engines. In his 
view four engines should he sufficient to take care 
of that .territory. 

Mr. Temple said the 'territory was but a trifle 
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Boston, including Koxbury and East Boston, and 
it was tbeir misfortune to be so scattered that por- 
tions 01 it would be without protection readily if 
some of the engines should he taken away. In 
relation to expense, he urged further, that lie had 
ascertained that £425,000 would be taken from that 
section by taxation, while he did not see appropri- 
ations ol 'more than $125,000. 

Mr. Wells said there was not a second house 
likely to be burned in case of fire in that section, 
ad flie city could better insure the property ana 
pay f ir what was burned than maintain the Fire 
Department as at present organized. 

Mr. Bishop of YV aid 7 believed the amendment 
would give all the protection needed in that sec- 
tion of the city, and he had not seen a single man 
who wished to Ueep so many engines. 

-Mr. Parker of Ward 14 stated that his ward lay 
alongsUe of Dorchester, and nad not a single en- 
gine in it. 

Mr. Gray of Ward 12 moved to lay the subject on 
the table. Lost. 

Jit. Parker said the reason proposed for taking 
away No. 21 was because it was so rear South Bos- 
tju. tie inovad to strike out one more engine 
from the order. 

Mr. Hall of Ward 1 thought it best to conform to 
the recommendation ot the committee, and be- 
lieved that four engines would give all the protec- 
tion uecessary. 

Mr. Temple said it was designed that No. 21 
sIijuM not only work in south Boston but also in 
Ward 14 

Mr. G ray moved to recommit with instructions 
to consult with th3 members from that district. 

Mr. Hall opposed recommitting, and Mr. Brooks 
of Ward 1 opposed the amendment and recommit- 
tal. 

Mr. Connor of Ward 7 moved the previous ques- 
tion, which was carried. 

The motion to recommit was lost — 17 to 28. The 
amendment of Mr. Parker was withdrawn, and the 
orders ol the Committee were ordered to a second 
reading. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
Joseph T. Ryan, for one year, for repairing the 
street lamps at South Boston and the Highland 
District, at the rate of $1370 per annum. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made for one 
year with W. 11. Emerson, for the repair of the 
street lamps in the city proper, at $2500 per an- 
num. 

AUDITOK'S MONTHLY EXHIBIT. 

The Monthly Exhibit of the Auditor was present- 
ed, making an exhibit of the General and Special 
Appropriations for the present financial year of 
1870-71. us shown in the books in his office. May 1, 
1870, including the May draft, being one month's 
payments of the financial year, exhibiting the 
original appropriations, the amount expended, and 
the balance ot each unexpended at that date. A 
recapitulation gives the following result: 
Appropriations, 

Revenues, etc. Expended. Unexpended. 
General.. .$10,435,384 28 #315,916 12 $10,119,468 16 
Special. . . . 2.807,743 66 23,798 38 2,783,945 28 



$13,243,127 94 $339,714 50 $12,903,413 44 
REPORT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY THEASl'BEB . 

The annual report of the City and County Treas- 
urer for the financial year ending April 30th was 
laid before the Council. 

The entire expenditures on account of the city 
and county for the year amounted to $16,000,212 37, 
and there was a balance of appropriations and 
loar sen hand of $1,430,998 10, making a total of 
payments of $17,431,210 47. The larger payments 
were as follows: 

Atlantic avenue, $652,732 90; Broadway exten- 
sion, $550,000; Chestnut Hill Reservoir, $530,035 88; 
City Debt, $306,500; Church Street District, $601,- 
053 50; Devonshire street widening, $137,585 26; 
Dorchester Debt, $184,700; East Boston Ferry, 
$276,375; Fixe Department, $286,267 34; Fort Hill 
Improvement, $513,241 43; Girls' High and Normal 
Schoolhouse. $159,307 46; Health Department, 
h 306,162 57; Instructors of Grammar Schools, 
$C08,l59 91; Instructors of Primary Schools, $212,- 
.69,24; Lamps, $291,693 97; Police, $552,92130; 
Paving and repairs ol" streets, $708,086 07; 
Poxbury debt, .yi36,650; soldier's Relief. $102,845- 
29; Salaries, $117,577 39; sewers and drains, $104,- 
(24 ci temporal*" !carfe, $2,??i,m9 17; -rarer wcrks 



$193,858 27; do in Wards 13,14, 15, $300,369 56; wid- 
ening streets, -253,959 28; widening Eliot street 
$171,264: do Federal Btreet, 8101,467 85; do Hanover 
street, first order, $331, 841 25; do Hanover street, 
second order, $214,830; do Tremon I street, $147,443,- 
63. 

The Treasurer's account shows a« cash OB hand 
$2,661,765 31. 

The Countv accounts show appropriations of 
$314,840 81, and a balance pf 8201,270 M, and this 
with the balance of #1,229,727 19 on eitv account, 
makes a total of 81,430,998 10. 

The report was referred to the Committee on the 
Treasury. 

On motion of Mr. Sayward of Ward 16, 

Ordered, That a message be sent to the Board of 
Aldermen proposing a convention of both branches 
of the City Council on Thursday next, at 8 o'clock 
P. M., for 'the purpose of choosing a City Treasurer 
for the present financial year. 

PABADE GliOUND OM THE COMMON. 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 offered the following ordei : 

Ordered, That the Committee on Common and 
Squares be requested to remove the fences on the 
parade grorud on Boston Common, on or before 
the 24tb inst. for the purpose ol enabling the mil- 
itary to use the parade ground on the annual 
May training. 

The order was read twice and passed. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved a reconsideration. 

Mr. Hall hoped the motion would not prevail. A 
year ago the Committee stated that they had seed- 
ed down a portion of the parade ground, and to 
use it would prove to be very injurious. In a year 
it would be all right and in order to be occupied. 
The military had a right to use this ground on such 
occasions. A request had been made to the Com- 
mittee for the purpose, but no answer had been 
given to it. The fences should be removed, even 
if it were necessary to put them up again. 

The reconsideration was lost. 

OltDl'.RS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Tucker of Ward 6, 

Ordered, That the sum of $2100 be and hereby is 
appropriated for new hose and repairing old hose, 
the same to be charged to the Appropriation for 
Fire Department. 

Ordered, That the sum of $1287 be and hereby is 
appropriated for repairs on steam fire engines, 
hose and book and ladder carriages, the same to 
be charged to the Appropriation for the Fire De- 
partment. 

On motion of Mr. Brooks of Ward 1. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Common, 
under the direction of the Committee on Common 
and Squares, be authorized to procure sods and 
loam, at an expense of $1200, in addition to the 
amounts already appropriated, to be charged to 
the appropriation for Common and Squares. 

Ordered, 'That the order passed by the Oily Coun- 
cil May 17, 1870, authorizing an exchange of land, 
as therein described, between Stephen M. Allen 
and the City of Boston, on Highland Park, be and 
the same is' hereby rescinded. 

Ordered, That the Mayor be Authorized to con- 
vey to Annie M. Allen, wife of Stephen M. Allen, 
3974>< square feet, more or less, of land belonging 
to the City of Boston, and facing a part of High- 
land park', as shown in blue on a plan made by the 
City Engineer, and dated April 0, 1870, in consid- 
eration of said Annie and Stephen JI. Allen con- 
veying to the city by {rood and sufficient deeds 
3985 square feet, more or less, of land adjoining 
Highland park, on Beach Glen avenue, as shown 
in red on said plan made by the City Engineer, and 
deposited in the office of the Co'chituase Water 
Board. 

A.NNKXATION OF bKIOtlTON. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 offered the following or- 
der, 

Whereas; The Committee on Towns of the Legis- 
lature have reported a bill to anhex the town of 
Brighton and a portion of the town of Brookline 
to the city of Boston; and whereas, it appears that 
the territory proposed to be annexed by said bill Is 
EOt located" in connection with the "city so as to 
make it desirable unless the whole town of Brook- 
line is annexed, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor and the 
Joint standing Committee on Legislative Business 
be requested to send a remonstrance to the Legis- 
lature, in behalf of the City Council of Boston, 
against the passage of said act. 

On motion of Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7 the order 
was laid on the fable. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEX 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 28, 1870. 



Tin' regular weekly meeting of the Board cf Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Major Shurtleff presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED 

Constable — Ohas. K. Cutter, for duty in the Pav- 
ing Department. 

Weigher of Coal — George A. Poor. 

Undertaker — Lewis L. Jones. 

special Police Officers, without pa v— Joseph A. 
Brown, for Saratoga Al. E. Church, K. V. Munroe, 
W'm. Jones, Alexander Glover and Wm. Gordon, 
for Glover's Corner and Meetinghouse Hill; Mi- 
chael Cronin and James .VI. Sisson, for the Old 
Colony & Newport Railroad. 

The nominations of John B. Eastman, NathT C. 
Leavitt, Edward M. Johnson. Winslow B.Lucas, 
John B. Wedger, Wm. D. Cook, Robert Pierce and 
John E. Jones as Sergeants of Police, were referred 
to the Committee on Police. 

PETITIONS PHESKSTED AND REFERRED. 

Lucius W. Knight aud wife, to be paid for grade 
damages caused to their estates 137 Harrison ave- 
nue. 

Ancient and Honorable Artillery, that Fan- 
euil Hall square be closed during their exercises 
in that hall, June 6. 

H. G. Crowell ai d 415 others, that the princi- 
pal streets in Koxbury he watered at the expense 
of the city. 

E.D. Downes aud others, that the name of Suffolk 
phice (Roxbury) be changed to Putnam place. 

J amesDevine, that sidewalks be laid on the south 
side of Tremont street, from Lenox street to Ham- 
mond avenue. 

P. S. Quirk, for the grade of Mather street. 

C. F, Stafford and others, that Wintbrop street be 
graded. 

Patrick Barry, to be paid for grade damages in 
Federal street. 

Boynton Brothers, to be paid balance due on 
contract for construction of Atlantic avenue sea 
wall. 

John K. and Margaret Mullen, to be paid for 
grade damages on Harrison avenue. 

J. S. Norman and others, that Camden street, 
southeast ot Washington street, be graded. 

Metropolitan Railroad Company, for approval of 
their location on Marlborough street by the State. 

Albert H. Stevens, that the Metropolitan Rail- 
road Company be required to lay sidewalks on 
Hancock street (Ward 16) as per agreement, and 
that he may be paid lor grade damages. 

Maria F. Cummins, for a similar request in rela- 
tion to the Metropolitan Railroad Company, and 
for grade damages on said Hancock street. 

Frederick Balch, for the grade of Hanover street 
at No. 163. 

Jeremiah Dunbar and others, that Concord street 
be paved with chestnut blocks. 

George "W. Torrey and others, that Chatham 
street be repaved. 

Severally referred to Committee on Paving. 

M. G. Helton and others, that a sewer be "laid in 
Emerson street, between L and Fourth streets. 

Sewell, Day & Co., against the construction of a 
sewer in Parker street. Placed on file. 

J.Howes Dyer, for abatement of sewer assess- 
ment on Forest street. 

Donald Kennedy and others, for a sewer in Cliff 
street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Sewers. 

Samuel J. Lowell, for a hearing in regard to his 
discharge from the Police Department. 

James Doherty, that the reward offered for the 
discovery of the lost child (Nellie E. Burns) be 
paid to him. 

Severally referred to Cemmittee on Police. 

Aaron E. Hovey, for compensation for personal 
injuries sustained in Federal street. Referred to 
Committee on Claims. 

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, for 
the use of the parade ground on Boston Common 
June 6. Heferred to the Comnvttee on Common, 
with full powers. 



Addison P. Wheelock, for leave to purchase a 
lot of land on Boston street. 

Francis D. Hall, for a modification of sale of 
land on Independence square, severally re- 
ferred to Committee on Public Lands. 

National Lancers, lor the use of Faneuil Hall 
June 14. Referreo to Committee on laneuil Hall, 
with full powers. 

Quiney Dyer, for damages (as lessee) in the wid- 
ening of Hanover street. 

A mas a Clapp and others, for the extension of Tu- 
dor street. 

Donald Kennedy and others, for the laying out 
and acceptance of Cliff street. 

Lucy A. Cloues, that the betterment assessed 
upon the estate No. 372 Tremont street be abated. 

Edwin H. Sampson and othprs, that Allston 
street, Ward 16, be laid out as a public way. 

Severally referred to the Committee on "Streets. 

ThomasBancroit, lor leave to convert the Suf- 
folk Lead Works on Fifth street into a stable for 
twenty horses. 

Jenkins & Co., for leave to erect a stable on Tu- 
dor street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO BUILD. 

J. P. Cooper, Dorchester avenue, near old boun- 
dary line; Henry Doherty, 647 Harrison avenue; 

F. H. Milligan, corner of E and Eighth streets; P. 
Hanlon, 23 Albany street ; S. J. & G, Tuttle, \\ or- 
cester street; M. Corey, Avon place; Mr?. Mc- 
Sheehy, corner of Bennington and Chelsea streets; 
G.N. Miller, Chandler street; Abraham Lent, Fifth 
street, between L and M streets; J. W. Leathei- 
bee, Harrison avenue ; Augustus Dickson, Dor- 
chester avenue and Locust street; J. E. & N. 
Brown, corner of High and Federal streets; J, B. 
Hildreih, Charter street; J. R. Persons & Co., 35 
Travers street; J. W. Dunn, I, between First and 
Third streets; Geo. F. Adams, 167 Hanover street; 
Webster & Dixon, 89 Hanover street; M. L. Lewis, 
between Dorchester avenue and Dorchester street ; 
Emerson & Fehmer, 200 Tremont street; J. R. 
Hall, 516, 518 Washington street; C. F. Sleeper, 98, 
100 Eliot street; Watson & Bisbee, Canal, between 
Causeway and Travers streets ; Keyes & Keliey, 
389 Broadway ; D. E. Poland, 325-329 Hanover street ; 

G. F. Meacham, Clarendon street; Baxter & Vinal, 
Hanover street. Severally referred to the Com- 
mittee on Streets. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

Hearings took place on the proposed widening 
of Summer street, northerly side, between Devon- 
shire street and High street; on the proposed lay- 
ing out of Dartmouth street, from St. James street 
to the line of boundary between lands of the Com- 
monwealth and of the Boston Water Power Com- 
pany; on the proposed widening of North street at 
the corner of Board alley. The reports were sev- 
erally recommitted. 

The orders of notice on the proposed construc- 
tion of a sewer in Warren street, between Forest 
avenue and Montrose avenue; on the proposed 
construction of a sewer in Eighth street, west of 
D street, were taken up. and the reports were re- 
committed. 

The orders of notice on petitions to build stables 
were taken up, as follows: 

Metropolitan Kaifroad Company, on Edgewood 
street; Louis Earl, Hartford and Howard streets; 
S. H. Holbrook, Brooks and Wnite streets; Francis 
D. Hall, Broadway; Peter Stearns, Langdon street, 
near George street. 

A petition of J. Q. A. Clifton and others was 
presented in aid of s. H. Holbrook, and a remon- 
strance from E. C. Chamberlain and others. The 
several reports with the petition and remonstrance 
were recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Ordered, That there be paid to Edmund Smith 
$36,000 for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Hanover street, by a resolve of 
Oct. 15,1869, to be charged to the Second Hanover 
Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of Caro- 
line M. Dehon .i?33,568, being payment in full for 
land taken and all damages occasioned their es- 
tate at the corner of Washington and Eliot streets, 
by a resolve of Dec. 31, 1869, to br charged to the 
Eliot Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Lewis Beck 
$2348 67 for land taken aud all damages occasioned 
his pstate by the widening and grading of Oliver 



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street, $1830 37 being the sum awarded, and $518 30 
as interest, from September 6, 1865, to May 20, 1870, 
to be charged to the Oliver Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to S. S. Green and 
Mary Ilsley, wife of W. ST. Ilsley, $1500 for all 
damages occasioned their estate on Cotton place, 
bv reducing it to the new grade, by resolve of 
April 22, 1870, to be charged to the Fort Hill Im- 
provement I. nan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of Joel 
Thayer $1380 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the laying out of Atlantic avenue, by a 
resolve of December 18, 1868, to be charged to the 
Atlantic Avenue Loan. 

ordered. That there be paid to Klizabeth J. 
Kemp .-f8000 for land taken and all damages oc- 
casioned bv i'.he widening of Hanover street, by a 
resolve of Oct. 15, 1869, to be charged to the Second 
Hanover Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Ann M.Harlow 
$•2136 fur land taken and all damages occasioned 
to her estate 104 Parchase street, by the widening 
and grading of said street by a resolve of July 23, 
iSd'J. and for reducing her estate in the rear of the 
same to grade, by a resolve of April 22, 1870, to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets, in 
fulfilment of an agreement made between the city 
of Boston and the Boston & 1'rovidence Kailroad 
Co., Oct. 11, 1869, be authorized to build a stone re- 
taining wall on Providence street and lor that pur- 
pose, to contract with K. C. Munson to build said 
wall, according to proposals made by said Munson 
to the Committee ou Paving, also to grade and 
gravel said Providence street, at an estimated cost 
Sf $20,000. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
diiected to reset the edgestones and pave the gut- 
ters oh Marlborough street, between Arlington and 
Berkeley streets; also to build the necessary cess- 
pools and macadamize the roadway of said street, 
at an estimated cost of $"500. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets he 
authorized to set the edgestones, pave the gutters 
and macadamise the roadway on Mt. Vernon street, 
west of Brimmer street; also to repair the sea-wall 
at the foot of said street, and erect an iron fence 
thereon, at an estimated cost of $2000. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets he 
directed to repave Canal street, between Haymar- 
ket square and Travers street, with granite 
blocks, at an estimated cost of $12,000. 

order to pay laborers in paving department in 
Ward 16 at the same rates as other employes re- 
ceive. 

The resolve and order to lay out Chadwick 
street, formerly Trask place, through Nash place, 
between Yeoman street and Orchard park, and to 
establish a grade therefor was considered. 

Alderman Carpenter called attention to the 
phraseology of the order, that the laying out of 
said street was at no expense, and yet ie had an 
order to put ii> calling for the grading ol said 
street at an expense of $13,000. He wished to 
know the meaning of the phrase "no expense." 

Alderman Talbot said it was true that the laying 
out of the street was at no expense for land dam- 
ages, the street being forty feet wide, and deeded 
to the city. It was one of the cases in which it is 
necessary to lay out a street, and then comes the 
expense of taking care of it. >«o one supposed the 
latter could be done without cost to the city. 

Alderman Carpenter wished only to point out 
the fact of such statements, and to state that the 
acceptance of new streets always means money. 
He was glad to accept any of these streets from 
the Committee on Laying Out Streets, but this was 
one of the arguments in favor of more money for 
paving, if these streets were to be cared for as was 
expected, 

Alderman Talbot, in answer to an inquiry by 
Alderman Gibson, stated that the street was iii 
Ward 13 ; it had been built up to grade for a number 
of years, and the abutters want water and sewers. 
The street costs nothing until the city takes care of 
it. 'there are some twenty houses on the street. 

The resolve and order were passed. 

The report and ordinance to provide for care and 
education of neglected children were considered, 
and the ordinance was passed, as follows: 

Section 1. The House of Employment and lfe- 
formation of Juvenile Offenders is hereby assigned 
and provided as the place to which children under, 
sixteen years of age, living in the city of Boston, 
in the condition described in chapter 283 of the 



acts of 18C6, shall be sent by any of the Judges of 
the Superior or Municipal Courts, upon the com- 
plaint of any of the officers appointed by the Mayor 
or Aldermen, under section 2 of said chapter 2*83; 
and the Board of Directors for Public Institutions 
shall have and exercise the same control over the 
children sent to said institution as herein provided 
that they have and exercise over children sentenced 
and committed under the provisions of chapter 
182 of the acts of the year 1825. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The Auditor's monthlv exhibit was placed on 
file. 

The Treasurer's annual accounts were referred 
to Committee on Treasury Department, in conenr- 
vence. 

The proposal for convention to choose Treas- 
urer, on Thursday, May 26, was adopted, in con- 
currence. 

The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence : 

Order to appropriate $1287 for repairs on engines, 
etc. 

Order to appropriate $2100 for repairs and pur- 
chase of hose. 

Order to procure loam and sods for Common, 
etc., at a cost of $1200. 

Order for exchange of land with Annie M. Allen, 
on Highland park. 

The oider to print 1200 copies of City Hospital 
report was referred to Committee on City Hospi- 
tal, in concurrence. 

PAltADE GKOUJTD OS THE COMMON. 

The order to remove fences from the parade 
ground May 25, coming up, . 

Alderman Pratt stated that the Committee had 
full powers on the subject, and he could see no 
reason for taking further action on the part of the 
City Council. 

Alderman Pierce said it was true the Committee 
had full powers, yet he wished to have the in- 
structions of the Board. 

Alderman Gib3on said he had viewed the parade 
ground since the last meeting of the Board, and 
withdrew his opposition to the proposed removal 
of fences. 

Alderman Pratt called for the reading of the 
order, and moved that the Board non concur in its 
passage. 

The Chair stated that the question would be on 
concurring. 

Alderman Cowdin hoped the Board would con- 
cur, for the military had a claim for the use of the 
parade ground, and their rights should be conced- 
ed to them. When the military were driven off the 
upper portion of the Common, this ground was 
given to them for their use. The ground was then 
low, was filled up and is a good place for parades, 
as far as it goes. He therefore moved that the 
Board concur, and called for the yeas and nays, in 
order to show who were the friends of the mili- 
tary. 

Alderman Pratt doubted the propriety of such 
action, for there was no necessity for the passage 
of the order. 

Alderman Cowdin desired to know who was op- 
posed to the militia. 

Alderman Talbot did not think it right to charge 
that any one was opposed to the military because 
he was not in favor of allowing them to occupy 
the spot on the parade ground which has been re- 
served for a lawn. 

Alderman Pratt believed it was a question 
whether it was of more benefit for the military to 
amuse themselves one day in the year, or drill, if 
they would have it so, or whether the use of the 
ground was for the benefit of the whole people 
,".64 davs in the year. He objected to brigade mus- 
ters on the Common. 

Alderman Connor wished to know if the military 
had any more rights than other citizens. 

Alderman C°w r din did not claim for them any 
more rights except when acting under military 
law. The Common was dedicated to the use o'f 
the military as a training-field. When driven 
away from the rest of the Common, the lower part 
of it* was dedicated to the use of the military. He 
bad no interest in the matter personally, nor did 
he wish to demand any more than what 'belonged 
to the military. They had a right to go there, 

Alderman Connor did not like to hear a demand 
made for the. use of the Common, and the assertion 
that the military had a right to tear 'down the 
fences. If so, the boys had also a right fcb tMT 



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down Oie fences. The military Dia.de about ono- 
liixieth part of the population, and possessed equal 
rights, and iki more, with any Other citizen.-. 

Alderman Cowdin did suppose that an armed 
force had more authority than boysatplay; and 

he diil suppose that when' they Were out Under the 
authority of the Governor for drill and discipline 
on certain days that a place should be provided for 

them on which to drill. They mud e,o somewhere, 
and long since it was decided by Judge Thatcher 
that when they were on duty no person had a right 
to go inside their lines without permission. They 
must have order and regulations, and have a place 
on which to parade, where His Honor the Ifayor 
and others may witness their proficiency. 

Alderman Gibson said he supposed the fence wi 8 
of an ordinary character, but it proved to he like 
that of the cow pens at the cattle markets, it 
should he taken away, and kept away, if the space 
was necessary for the military. If not, then a bet- 
ter fence should be put up. 

Alderman Pierce stated that in regard to legal 
rights, the committee made a careful investiga- 
tion, and they round that the military had no more 
legal rights to the ground than had any citizen. 
That was the deliberate judgment of the legal ad- 
viser of the city. There was nothing on record to 
show that they had any more rights than others had . 
The city council possessed the sole power to regu- 
late ov prohibit the use of the Common by the 
military as well as by any class of citizens. 

Alderman Cowdin "believed if the committee had 
jrone back to the history of Boston, they would 
have come to a different conclusion, or if they had 
consulted the authority of .John Pickering, former 
City Solicitor, they would have found the rights of 
the inilitary established. At the close of the late 
rebellion, the Governor refused to allow a parade 
of the returned soldiers on the Common, fearful 
of their doing haiin. He had no fear of such 
men who had fought lor their country and flag. 
The question was whether the military had a 
right to go on. the Common and drill, by order of 
the Governor, and if the committee had taken the 
opinion of John Pickering, they would not have 
been in doubt. 

Alderman Pierce said the Committee ascertained 
that it was the clear and undoubted right of the 
Council to regulate the use of the Common. The 
present parade ground was not a part of the Com- 
mon which was used as a training field, and the 
military had no claim upon it for their use. The 
question of the expediency of going upon a por- 
tion of the Common was a different proposition 
from that of the right to the use of it. 

Alderman Cowdin said if the Committee had 
looked further back, they would have found that 
all the lands back of ■ the Common were but a part 
of tli« Common lands. Twenty-seven years ago, 
when the Common was extended to Charles street 
and that street was laid out, it was objected to lay- 
ing out the street and the Public Garden, because 
the land was a part of the Common. 

Alderman Pierce said he had the legal < pinion 
of the City .solicitor, which, if desired, could he 
read. 

Alderman Carpenter called for the question, and 
the.vote was taken. 

The order was passed in concurrence, by a vote 
of nine to three, as follows: 

Yeas— -Carpenter. Connor, Cowdin, Gibson, Ja- 
cobs, .Jenkins, i'ierce, Pope, Talbot. 

Nays— Braman, Hawes, Pratt. 

KEPC-ETS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Laying 
out and Wideniug Streets, reported no action 
necessary on sundry notices of intention to build. 
Accented. 

Alderman Carpenter, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of a license to the 
Good Templars Lodge to give dramatic entertain- 
ments at No. 80 Springfield street. Accepted. 

The same committee reported in favor of licenses 
to seven newsboys, to sundry persons as innhold- 
crs aim victuallers, for hack licenses, intelligence 
offices, and for transfer of wagon licenses. Sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the C< mmittee on 
Fanenil Hall, reported in favor of granting the 
petition of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery 
Company for the use of Faneuil 11:11, June t>, 1870. 
Accented. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on 
steam Engines, reported in favor of the petition 



of Jordan, .Marsh & Co. to placi a steam engine 
anil boiler in their store, No. '.'12 Vvashln 
street. 

Alderman Talbot wished to know if this was the 
same linn who objected to a steam engine being 
put Into a building in the same ne ghborhood a 
sh • >ri time since, and wli.it has changed their 
opinion bo suddenly . 

Uderman Cowdin stated that no objection was 
m ule '„ i their application. 

The report was accepted, 

Alderman Hawes, from the Committee on Bridg- 
es, to whom w:i referrfed the petition cf the Old 
Colony & Newport Kaiiroad Co. for an inspection 
and approval of their bridge-guards within the 
limits of this county, mide a repoit with a rec- 
ommendation of the passage of the accompanying 
order: 

Ordered, That this Board does hereby sig ify its 
acceptance and approval of tin several I. 
guards constructed upon the line of the old < olony 
& Newport I'.aihoad within ihe limits of Suffolk 
county. 

ihe' report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Tailor, from the Committee on Print- 
ing reported an order authorizing a contract with 
a daily newspaper for the publication of the pro- 
ceedings of the City Council, at an expenS2 of 
$4500, which was read once. 

A communication was received from Posts 7, 32 
and 121. G. A. K., stating that they would be at the 
City Hall on Monday; SOctt, at 12 M.,<:o escort the 
mem liors of the City Government to the railroad 
depot to take the cars for Mount Hope Cemetery. 

It was stated that tne invitation of these Posts 
had been accepted, yet it was doubtful, on the day 
of the regular meeting of the Board, whether many 
of its members could attend upon tin ceremonies 
of that day. 

ELECTION 3E AUDITOR. 

The election of Auditor was t.ik?n up, when Al- 
fred T. Turner was reelected by a unanimous vote. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Common and 
Public Grounds lie authorized to pay John H. 
Murphy the sum of $624 25 for materials furnished 
and labor performed in constructing and repairing 
fences on the Common, said sum to be charged to 
the Appropriation for Common. Ityc. 

On motion of Aide: man Hawes, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances be 
requested to report an ordinance amending ihe 
forty-filth section cf the ordinance in relation to 
the cave and management of the Water Works, so 
that the Water Board may I e authorized to ascer- 
tain by meters, in ai y cate, the quantity of water 
used. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the following abatements be 
made in assessments for sewers, viz: George 
Woolard, Saratoga street, >10€1 ; Edward W.Cobb 
Columbus avenue, $29 58; .Mary F. Smith, do.. 
$55 l" ; Minerva Knight, do., Stiti'oti; James P. Cut- 
ter, Canton street. ?«£> 10; William T. Keed and 
Benjamin Pattee, do., s;15 10; Elcnor J. \V. Baker, 
do., .*:;5 10; Sarah E. Simpson, do., $S5 10; Mary J. 
K. Tyler, do., s:;5 10; Uel.eit B. Leuchais, Coliim- 
bus aveifue. $01 io. Also.that the sum of $9J 18 is 
hereby assessed upon Hugh Flood for a sewer in 
Columbus avenue. 

On motion of Alderman Talbot, 

( )nli red, 'I hat there be paid to the heirs of James 
Allen $7000 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned their estate, No. 17-1 Purchase street and 
Washington avenue, by the widening and grading 
of said street and avenue, by resolves of July _•, 
186D, to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement 
Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police bo authorized 
to exclude all carriages and vehicles of every de- 
scription from the public streets through which 
the 1st brigade M. V. M. may pass on \\ ednesday 
next. 

Ordered, that the Chief of Police be authorized 
to exclude carriages and all other vehicles of 
every description from the public streets during the 
passage of the procession on Decoration Day, 
MaySO. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

ordered. That so much of the lot of land known 
as the "Almshouse lot," on Highland and Maroella 



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streets, as is not required for the Discharged 
■Soldier's Home, be and is hereby placed in charge 
of the public land department, 

On motion of Alderman Carpenter, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to reset the edgestones and repave the 
sidewalk on the northerly side of the avenue lead- 
ing from Commercial street to the Peoples ferry, 
an to luniish r.cw edgestones where needed (in 
said avenue, at an estimated cr:st of $500. 

Ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to lay flagging cross walks on the public 
streets of the city when deemed expedient by the 
Committee on Paving. 

ordered, That the superintendent o.' Streets be 
airected to grade Ontario street, between .swan 
(iml sixth streets, at an estimated cost of $'500. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of .streets i;e 
du c vied to grade Colony street, between Swan and 
sixth stieets, at an estimated cost oi ¥500. 

Ordered. That the superintendent of Streets lie 
authorized to repave l.everett s'.reet, from Green 
street to t'liisuvav street, with small granite 
block j, at an estimated cost of $3000, 

Ordered, That notiee.be and hereby is given to 
the .Metropolitan Kail road Company thai in the 



any 



opinion of this Board the safety and convenience 
of the public require that l.everett street should 
lie re paved between Green street and Causeway 
street with small granite blocks, and that said 
company he directed to pave on said street the 
space between their rails and three feet outside 
thereof with small granite blocks, at such time 88 
the Superintendent "of stieete shall direct, and to 
his satisfaction. 

Ordered, That Seaview street, between Grove 
Hall avenu,' and .Maple street, be hereafter called 
and known as Schuyler street. 

Ordered, That the' Chief of Police be directed to 
remove ail obstructions in Mount Vernon street, 
west of Brimmer street, and to prevent by legal 
means the mooring of any boat-house or floating 
landing at the foot of said street. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on H a- 
vre street, from Meridian street to Porter street, 
to furnish edgestones to support the sidewalk and 
to lay their sidewalks with brick within twenty- 
days. 

Ordered, The Superintendent of Streets be di- 
rected to notify the owners and abutters on .Mon- 
mouth street, from Meridian streer to Putnam 
street, to furnish edgestones to support the side- 
walk and to lay their sidewalks with brick within 
twenty days. 

Ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Trenton street, fnm .Meridian street to Putnam 
street, to furnish edgestones to support the side- 
walk, and to lay their sidewalks with brick v/ifcliin 
twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify- 'he owners and abutters on Eu- 
taw street, from Meridian street to Putnam street, 
to furnish edgestones to support the sidewalk and 
to lay their sidewalks with brick within twenty 
days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent .01" Streets he 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Meridian street, from Eutaw street to White street, 
to lay their sidewalks with brick within twenty 

clays. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
smith street, Ward 15, to lay their sidewalks with 
brick within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owner of estate on Miawmut 
avenue, southwest corner of Upton street, to lav 
his sidewalk with brick within twenty days. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
directed to notily the owners and abutters on 
Parker street, from Treinont street to Smith street, 
to furnish new edgestones to support the sidewalk 
and to lay their sidewalks with brick within twenty 
days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on the 
northerly side of Chelsea street, from Marion 
street to Prescott street, and on the southerly side 
of Chelsea street, from Prescott street to Saratoga 
street, to furnish new edgestones to support the 
sidewalks and to lay their sidewalks with brick 
within twenty days. 

ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to remove the non fence around the en- 



closure in Haymarket square ; also the sidewalk 
outside of said fence, and reduce the inclosed 
area from fifty to thirty-three feet in diameter, 
furnish and set the new edgestones and do the 
necessary paving around the inclosure, at an esti- 
mated cost of .^^000. 

Some discussion took place on the passage of 
the order, during which a plan of the proposed 
change was exhibited, and the necessity of the 
measure was stated, to relieve the crowded condi- 
tion of the square. 

On motion of Alderman Pratt, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Health be and 
they are hereby directed to remove, if they derm 
it expedient, the additional water fountain re- 
cently placed in Haymarket square, and place it in 
some' other part of the square, for the particular 
accommodation of horses. 

Alderman Talbot offered the following preamble 
and order: 

Whereas, The General Court have now under 
consideration a bill to ai.nex the town of Brighton 
and a portion of the town of Brookline to the city 
of Boston ; and whereas, it appeal s that the terri- 
tory proposed to be annexed by said bill is not lo- 
cated, in connection with the present boundaries 
of the city, so as to make it desirable, uniess the 
whole town of Brookline is annexed; it is there- 
fore 

ordered, That His Honor the Mayor and the 
Joint Standing Committee on Legislative Business 
be requested to remonstrate in behalf of the City 
Council of Boston against the passage of said bill. 

Alderman Talbot said, without committing him- 
self against the annexation of Brighton under 
proper circumstances, he thought it unwise to en- 
tertain the measure as it at present stood. He 
would like to know of the chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Legis'ative Business how wide a strip of 
territory it was proposed to take from Brookline. 
it was his impression that it was about as wide as 
Beacon street. 

Alderman Pierce stated that there was just 
enough of Brookline included so that Brighton 
might be reached without going through another 
locality. The original plan was the annexation of 
a circle of six miles, but when it was found that 
great opposition was made from other towns this 
project was taken up. The Committee of the City 
Council held a meeting, at which every member 
save one was present, and passed a unanimous 
vote against the bill now before the Legislature. 
But as he had been accused of acting from inter- 
ested motives, and misrepresenting the City Gov- 
ernment, he would like to have the opinion of the 
City Council expressed on the subject of annexa- 
tion. 

A map was shown to indicate the form of the 
connecting land taken from' Brookline, which was 
said to be marshland only and not of much value. 

The order was passed — yeas 11, nays 1— Alderman 
Jacobs. 

On motion of Alderman Braman, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Health be and 
they are hereby authorized to expend the further 
amount of S3000 in addition to the sum of SliOOO 
already authorized for dredging the shore oh 
Charles river between Berkeley and Revere streets, 
the same to be charged to the appropriation for 
Health. 

Orders were also passed for the abatement of 
nuisances on South Margin, Merriinae and rear of 
Merrimac, Pitts, Minot, Gold, South May, and 
North Russell streets. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

Orders of notice on petitions for leave to erect 
stables were passed as follows: 

John W. Leatherhee, between Albany street and 
Harrison avenue; Thos. H. McDonald, Gardner 
court; Jos. H. Gardner, 18 Circuit street; Wm. E. 
Woodman, Dearborn street; Thos. Bancroft, Fifth 
street; Jenkins & Co., Tudor street, between F and 
H streets. Hearing Monday nextj May 30, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction ot a sewer in Eliot 
street, "between Warrenton and Pleasant streets. 
Hearing Monday, May 30, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in Har- 
rison avenue, between Union Park street and Cot- 
tage place. Hearing Monday, May SO, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed widening* of Harrison avenue, 
easterly side about opposite Perry street. Hearing 
Tuesday, June 6, 4 P. M. 

MOUXT WASHINGTON AVENUE BRIDGE. 

The order to repair Mount Washington Avenue 
Bridge was »aken from the table. 



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Alderman Hawes stated that it would noi be 
necessary to close the bridge before the fast of Ju- 
ly, a'ti iii the meantime the work on the draw 
would be well under way. 

Alderman Talbot said his object in this delay 
waste ascertain whether the money could not be 
had i ic.in the appropriation for a state tax rather 
than rc.-oi ting to a loan. The Legislature, howev- 
er, had not yet decided how; much would be re- 
duced from the original estimate for a state tax. 

'flic order was passed. 

1 Hi: lit KKiLI, < 1. M i, 

The special assignment, the report of the Com- 
mittee on claims, referring the I'.uiiill claim to 
ref< re ,;. was considered. 

The pending question was stated to le as fol- 
lows: 

Alderman Talbot moves to substitute for the 
order to refer, an order to pay Mr. Bun ill $25,000. 

Alderman JacoS's moves to amend by inserting 
in the foregoing order $125,000 1'or .f25,000, and de- 
ni mds the yeas and nays thereon. 

Uderman Cow lin moved a further amendment, 
which Was ru'ed out of order, there being two 
amendments now pending, 

Alderman Cowdin addressed the Hoard as fol- 
lows: 

Mr. Mayor . According to the evidence before us 
it, appears that F.W. Lincoln, Jr., .Mayor of Boston, 
in 18^4 male a contract with Chaxlea Burrill, under 
authority of a ''JoirA Committee" having full pow- 
ers, agreeing to pay him $125 per man tor each 
full man pro aire 1 and credited to the military 
quota, of ihe city of Boston. It also appears that 
Hi; Burrill did, at great time and expense, procure 
a list duly veiiried of 0520 men in the naval service, 
and ilr. "Lincoln (according to bis letter in the 
case) sent Mr. Burrill to Washington to get these 
men credited to the quota of the city < i Boston. 
This Mr. Burrill did, and has not received one cent 
in payment thereof; and it appears to me that not- 
withstanding the defence that has been set up 
against bis claims in tjie cour.s, that Mr. Bacrill 
i entitled to his pay.' 

The .Joint Standing Committee on Claims of the 
year 18;n, to whom the petition of Mr. Burrill was 
referred asking for Compensation for his ser- 
vices and expenses, report after examining 
into the matter that Mi. Burrill has ren- 
dered some service, for which he should 
receive compensation, but they were unable 
to agree in fixing the amount of the same. It 
seems to me, sir, that we should pay Mr. Burrill 
something for his meritorious services, and in esti- 
mating their v